Swedish communications service provider Telia Company has launched commercial 5G in Stockholm powered by Ericsson Radio Access Network (RAN) products and solutions.
Initial services on the 700 MHz band will cover most of central Stockholm by mid-June, including the Norrmalm, Ostermalm and Vasastan districts.
Telia aims to enhance and supplement its low-band 5G commercial services with additional nationwide 5G coverage, including mid- and high-bands, following the auction of the related spectrum by the Swedish government later this year. For this launch Telia is using its existing 700 MHz spectrum, boosted by LTE and New Radio (NR) carrier aggregation.
Products and solutions from Ericsson Radio System are already powering the first Telia Company Stockholm City Center 5G services and supporting commercially available Telia 5G-ready smartphones.
Allison Kirkby, CEO, Telia Company said, “Telia’s 5G launch lays the foundations for the next phase of digital transformation, with innovation, sustainability and security as three critical pillars, and we are proud to be doing this launch in partnership with Ericsson. As we roll-out 5G across Sweden, we will open up new user experiences and accelerated innovation in areas such as entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing and transport, that will collectively strengthen and protect everyone living and working in Sweden, and Swedish competitiveness in the world.”
Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson said, “This is a real milestone for us as a Swedish company as we partner with Telia Company to make commercial 5G a reality for its users in Stockholm. Whether through enhanced mobile broadband or innovative new business, societal and industrial applications, 5G is set to change life and society for the better right across Sweden.”