Ericsson has teamed up with Telenor to bring 5G coverage to Norway. The two companies have launched a 5G network in the city of Trondheim in the first phase of a broader 5G rollout. The Trondheim network is the first commercial 5G network in the country.
Telenor first partnered with Ericsson back in December, and is now working to build a nationwide 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) with the help of the Swedish technology giant. The Telenor network will leverage the Ericsson Radio System and the Ericsson 5G platform to deliver broadband services on the 3.6 GHz band.
Trondheim has a population of approximately 200,000 people.
“5G will enable new services and use cases for people, businesses, and society at large,” said Ericsson Northern and Central Europe Head Jenny Lindqvist. “With its unique ecosystem, universities and high-tech companies, Trondheim is the perfect location to launch 5G services.”
“We’re now perfectly positioned to be at the forefront of the country’s network modernization,” added Telenor Norway CEO Petter-Børre Furberg. “When selecting the vendor for the RAN, we considered factors like technical quality and commercial terms and conditions, as well as carrying out an extensive security evaluation.”
In addition to Telenor, Ericsson is currently working with Orange France to build RAN infrastructure in Paris and two other regions. The Japanese telecom KDDI has also selected Ericsson as its primary 5G vendor.