On the 13th of March, Telenor opened 5G in nine locations around Norway.
Trondheim is the first major city in the country equipped with the mobile network of the future. This makes Telenor the first mobile operator in Norway to offer 5G to customers.
The 5G network has come at a good time as a large number of Norwegian employees are forced to work from home during the corona crisis.
Change of Plans Due to the Coronavirus
Telenor had originally planned an opening event in Trondheim, where residents now will receive 5G, but Telenor chose not to continue with it.
In order to follow the health authorities' recommendations to limit the risk of corona infection, this event has been cancelled.
The 5G network was instead opened via a video conference, which emphasises the need for a strong and robust network.
“This is a day we have been looking forward to for a long time. We launched our first 5G-pilot as early as in 2018, and since then we have been experimenting and exploring, trying to learn as much as we possibly can," said Petter-Børre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.
"Today, we are not only opening our 5G network in Trondheim, we are also opening the very first commercial 5G network in Norway. The mobile network of the future is finally here,” Furberg added.
Today, Telenor will also open 5G in several other locations in Norway.
“We are making 5G commercially available in all locations where we, until now, have been running tests. As of today, Telenor customers with a 5G device will be able to connect to the mobile network of the future in Kongsberg, Elverum, Bodø, Askvoll, Fornebu, Kvitfjell, Longyearbyen and Spikersuppa in the Oslo city centre, in addition to Trondheim,” Furberg continued.
5G Good For the Country
Linda Hofstad Helleland, Norway’s Minister of Regional Development and Digitalisation, is pleased that 5G, which is crucial for Norwegian value creation and digitisation, is now commercially available.
“Norway has some of the world's fastest mobile networks, and with 5G they will be faster and even more reliable. Given the situation in Norway, we see how important the digital infrastructure is for those who are quarantined and have to work from home. The new 5G network will provide better mobile coverage and gradually better access to broadband across the country, which will reduce the vulnerability of an increasingly digitised society," said Helleland.
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