Telia is on its way to become the first operator in Norway with a nationwide 5G network by 2023. The company has already launched the new network for customers in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Lillestrøm, and will continue the rollout to 19 more cities and municipalities during the first half of 2021.
“5G is one of our most important focus areas and plays a crucial role in the continued digitalization of Norway. We are keeping a fast pace in the deployment of our nationwide 5G network, and in the first part of 2021 we will roll out 5G to customers in Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Asker, Bærum, Nordre Follo Ullensaker, Øygarden and Askøy, among others,” says Stein-Erik Vellan, Head of Telia Norway.
Telia opened its 5G network in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen in Oslo on 12 May, followed by Trondheim, Oslo and Bergen during the fall. The 5G deployment will continue in these places and to 19 more municipalities and cities across the country during the first six months of 2021. Hundreds of base stations will be upgraded to the latest mobile technology from Ericsson.
“As a daring challenger in the Norwegian market, it’s important for us to take a leading role in 5G. Our goal is that half of Norway’s population should have access to 5G where they live by next year. I am proud to say that today we are well on track to reach this ambitious goal,” says Vellan.
Telia’s 5G network will reach the following Norwegian cities and municipalities during the first half of 2021:
Viken: Asker, Bærum, Eidsvoll, Enebakk, Frogn, Gjerdrum, Nannestad, Nesodden, Nittedal, Nordre Follo, Ullensaker, Vestby, Ås and Aurskog-Høland.
Rogaland: Stavanger, Sandnes and Sola.
Vestland: Øygarden and Askøy.