“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.
Telenor will start development of 5G network in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Sandnes. The new mobile network will open in these cities during 2020.
Telenor builds 5G in Trondheim in partnership with Ericsson.
“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 at these locations be able to connect to the mobile network of the future,” said Petter-Børre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.
Telenor aims to upgrade around 2,000 base stations during 2021 and a total of 8,500 base stations within the next four to five years.
Telenor, Telia and Ice have won 5G spectrum in Norway during the spectrum auction in June 2019. Norwegian Communications Authority announced that Ice, Telia and Telenor won spectrum in the auction of the 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands. Nkom started auction of 5G spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands on 3 June 2019.