Speaking exclusively to DigiAnalysys, Dr. Eetu Prieur, Head of Mobile Technology, Elisa talks about 5G launch in detail with respect to services being offered, 5G coverage in cities of Tampere and Tallinn, network and device partner for 5G, pricing model for different 5G services, data speed and latency and different use cases. Excerpts of the interview:
How do you feel being the first operator in world to launch commercial 5G services in Tampere and Tallinn?
We are very excited about 5G becoming a reality earlier than has been expected. We hope that our 5G launch will make this move even faster.
What 5G services are you offering to Elisa customers in Tampere and Tallinn?
The 5G services being offered are very fast and unlimited mobile broadband in cities of Tampere and Tallinn.
Is 5G launch limited to few areas of Tampere and Tallinn or does it cover the complete city of Tampere and Tallinn? If yes, please specify the areas that you are covering for 5G services?
Our 5G network covers the city centers of Tampere and Tallinn.
The partners of Elisa who made this video call possible between Tampere and Tallinn. Please specify the network and device partners for just launched 5G commercial services?
Our partner in the 5G launch is Huawei for both the network and terminals.
To avail commercial 5G services what is the amount the customer need to pay? Please specify the pricing model for different 5G services?
We have two different 5G subscriptions – Unlimited data with unlimited voice at €49.90/month and Unlimited data (voice not included) at €44.90/month.
How long was the video call between the two ministers and what was the data speed achieved and what was the latency?
Video call was about few minutes. During the video call, the data speed and latency was not limited by network but all the data speed requested by the video service was provided. We measured separately the maximum data speed and latency and achieved maximum data speed of 2.2 Gbps and typical latency of 10 ms.
Note that latency will decrease when there will be a stand-alone mode available. Today, only non-stand-alone mode is available.
Elisa is also working with companies in sectors like healthcare, energy efficiency improvement and entertainment. Any application planned to developed for these verticals and by when?
We are currently working on these use cases but there is nothing to be announced yet.
What is your 5G deployment plan in the next two years both in Finland and Estonia?
Our 5G deployment plan is to increase network coverage according to the customer needs.