TeliaSonera aims to launch 5G services to customers in 2018 by combining the TeliaSonera network with Ericsson technology.
Verizon Wireless, a key telecom network operator, recently announced that its 5G networks will be up and running for trails in 2016. Commercial launch of 5G in global telecom market is expected by 2020.
According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, there will be 150 million 5G subscriptions by the end of 2021.
For its 4G network launch in 2009, TeliaSonera selected Ericsson. Ericsson competes with Huawei, Nokia and ZTE in the 5G technology space.
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind said: “Stockholm and Tallinn are two of the most connected cities in the world and now we’ll take them to the next level. 5G will create completely new innovations, ecosystems and great services to our customers. 5G will also take connected things (IoT) to a new level.”
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: “Together with TeliaSonera we launched the first commercial 4G network in 2009, we will be in the forefront of 5G as well.”
Potential 5G applications could include e-health with real time surveillance of patients and remote treatment; connected cars including critical communication between vehicles (warnings, support to self-driving cars etc.) as well as better network performance in terms of capacity, coverage and power consumption.