Telia picks Ericsson for 5G RAN
October 10, 2019
Nordic communications service provider Telia has selected Ericsson as its sole 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor for its nationwide network in Norway to help it deploy IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.
Hardware and software products from Ericsson Radio System, including 5G New Radio, will be deployed across the network. Ericsson will also modernise Telia Norway’s entire radio network as part of the move to 5G, including deployment of the firm’s spectrum sharing software, which will enable Telia to share its spectrum between 4G and 5G use.
Both partners anticipate that 5G rollout will begin in 2020, and that the first 5G commercial services will be available next year too. Ericsson and Telia aim to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Norway by the end of 2023.
In addition to better mobile broadband, Telia Norway is exploring the potential of 5G to enable opportunities, including in the IoT and Industry 4.0 for enterprises, the home and smart cities. Telia Norway and Ericsson are already partnering on a 5G pilot network in Trondheim, Norway, incorporating smart transport, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) functionalities.
“In short, the realisation of 5G will enable us to be at the forefront of digitalisation,” said Abraham Foss, CEO of Telia Norway. “It will help us to transform both industry and infrastructure in Norway and bring the next generation of possibilities into reality. For this reason, our goal is to bring nationwide 5G coverage within the next four years, and we’re very pleased to be taking a leading role in this continued development of Norway with our partner Ericsson.”
Ericsson is live with commercial 5G in 19 networks across 15 countries, spanning four continents.
“We are pleased to strengthen our position in the Nordic countries through this landmark 5G deal with Telia Norway,” said Arun Bansal, president of Europe and Latin America for Ericsson. “We will work closely in partnership with Telia Norway to bring the best possible commercial 5G experiences to their customers. This includes working with Telia Norway to enable the innovative IoT and Industry 4.0 benefits that this new connectivity platform will bring to Norway as the country embraces digitalisation.”