Telenor Opens First Commercial 5G Network in Norway
Telenor’s commercial 5G network opened yesterday in nine different cities and villages across Norway. That step makes Telenor the first mobile operator in the country to offer 5G to customers.
“Telenor is proud to be the first mobile operator to launch a commercial 5G network in Norway, as we have worked tirelessly to stay at the forefront of the 5G development. By bringing Norway into a new technological age, today’s opening marks another milestone in Telenor’s 165-year-long history. We expect 5G to be the key driver of transformation in this decade, and we are very much looking forward to continuing the roll-out of 5G to our customers,” said Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.
It was intended that the official opening of Norway’s first commercial 5G network would take place in the country’s tech capital of Trondheim. However, due to the current situation with COVID-19, Telenor has decided to cancel the event and instead host the opening as a virtual video conference.
“This is a day we have been looking forward to for a long time. We launched our first 5G pilot as early as 2018, and since then we have been experimenting and exploring, trying to learn as much as we possibly can. Today, we are not only opening our 5G network in the city of Trondheim, we are also opening the very first commercial 5G network in Norway. In addition, we are making 5G commercially available in all locations where we, until now, have been running tests,” said Petter-Børre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.
For the past two years, Telenor has focused on learning as much as possible about the qualities of the new mobile network before making it available to the public. The company says that this wass done to ensure that customers receive optimal 5G quality. Now that the 5G network has officially opened, Telenor is emphasising that this is just the beginning of what is yet to come.