Across Telia Company’s footprint, the faster speeds, lower latency, higher energy-efficiency and increased capacity of 5G are improving the ability of consumers to stream video, play games or dive into new experiences in virtual reality, while also enabling new industrial use cases such as automated transport systems, service robots, and more accurate global positioning.
As the leading provider of critical digital infrastructure and services to the societies of the Nordics and the Baltics, Telia is constantly working to increase 5G population coverage in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia.
By the end of Q2 (April through June 2023), Telia had achieved overall 5G population coverage of 84%, up from 77% at the end of Q1 (January through March 2023), and the rollout continues in all countries.
Seventy-three per cent (73%) of Swedes now have access to Telia’s 5G network, compared to 63% at the end of March. Telia is also working with Ericsson via the NorthStar program launched on February 15 to ensure that Sweden’s leading industrial companies have the ability to explore the opportunities presented by the latest 5G technologies. The first customer to join the program was AstaZero, the world’s first full-scale independent test environment for automated transport systems, located outside Gothenburg.
In Finland, 5G population coverage has increased to 86%, from 83% at the end of March. In March, Telia Finland received two quality awards following an independent study that compared user experience in more than 250 operator networks globally. Telia is also using its 5G expertise to participate in the MURO (Finnish-language article) innovation project funded by Business Finland that aims to change the ways in which service robots are sold, acquired and used.
Ninety-two per cent of Norwegians now have access to Telia’s 5G network, versus 89% at the end of March. This includes mobile customers from Norwegian utility company Fjordkraft, most of whom have now been transferred to Telia’s network as a result of an agreement announced on December 23 last year. In the HyPos (Norwegian-language article) research project, Telia is working with the Norwegian Mapping Authority, Ericsson and Sintef to investigate how 5G and global navigation satellite systems can provide better and more accurate positioning services.
In Denmark, 5G population coverage has increased to 90%, compared to 85% at the end of March. In February, Telia came out on top in a comprehensive benchmark analysis of the mobile networks in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg, which together are home to about a third of all Danes.
Ninety-nine per cent of Lithuanians now have access to Telia’s 5G network, in which all mobile sites have been modernized, up from 95% at the end of March. The rollout has been exceptionally rapid, with the country’s almost total population coverage exceeding that of all other countries in Telia’s footprint, despite the fact that Lithuania’s commercial 5G frequency auctions were only held in autumn last year.
In Estonia, 5G population coverage has increased to 68%, versus 43% at the end of March. On May 25, Telia turned on its first 26GHz base station operating in the 5GHz frequency band in a public test in Tallinn, achieving download speeds of 2 Gbit/s and upload speeds of almost 600 Mbit/s.
Compared to 4G networks, Telia’s 5G networks offer faster speeds, lower latency and increased capacity, while also being more energy efficient. Telia’s 5G network rollout will continue, changing the way people in the Nordics and Baltics work, play, communicate, learn and entertain themselves.