Telenor to launch first 5G pilot in Western Norway

(Flokeneset, 10 July 2019) Telenor today announced that a new 5G pilot will be built at Flokeneset in the municipality of Askvoll. This is the first 5G pilot in Western Norway.

Published: 10 July 2019 08:30

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“We are focused on testing and learning as much as possible about 5G during the course of 2019, and we have spent a lot of time looking for perfect test sites. Flokeneset is a community located between high mountains and deep fjords. As we already have fibre and base stations in the area, in addition to a number of enthusiastic  locals, there is no doubt about it that Flokeneset is an ideal location to test new applications of the 5G network,” says Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

Telenor today met with local politicians and businesses in the area communicating the company’s major plans for the municipality of Askvoll in Sogn and Fjordane county.

“The demands and expectations for digital solutions are steadily increasing. We will get smarter homes, smarter businesses, smarter cities and rural areas. 5G technology will be the most important platform both to meet these expectations and to facilitate innovation in Norway. This is why Telenor is now investing heavily in modernising the national infrastructure for digital communication. The municipality of Askvoll is one of the areas where we will test and learn together with businesses and residents,” says Brekke.

Telenor will ensure that people, businesses and the public sector are all connected to a stable, secure and fast network. This is why both the fixed network and mobile network are being modernised. With a 5G pilot in place, customers within the coverage area will get the opportunity to be transferred from copper network services to the 5G network. Customers outside the coverage area will be offered new and more modern solutions over the 4G network.

The world’s most beautiful 5G pilot?

The municipality of Askvoll is a bridge between land and sea, and is centrally located on the Sogn og Fjordane coastline. The natural landscape is renowned for its deep fjords and steep mountains, which means that Telenor will – for the very first time – have the opportunity to test 5G in fjords and at sea.

“The Førde fjord is around 300 metres deep. Instead of only laying underwater cables on the seabed of the fjord, we will now test the effect of transmitting 5G signals at sea. It is important for us to test how 5G works outside the big cities where the topography is more varied,” says Brekke.

Ole André Klausen, Mayor of Askvoll, is excited about the opportunities that 5G will open up for residents.

“We have been part of an ongoing dialogue with Telenor over a longer period of time and are very pleased that we can finally confirm that 5G is coming to Askvoll. This area has been inhabited for more than 6000 years, and we have never stood still. With 5G, we will be able to make use of advanced technology that will simplify daily life for both people and businesses,” says Klausen.

In addition to the 5G pilot in Askvoll, Telenor has large expansion plans for both Sogn and Fjordane and the neighbouring county of Hordaland to further improve fibre and mobile coverage.

About the 5G pilot in Flokeneset

  • 5G is the next generation mobile network that will initially provide users with faster speeds than 4G, and ensure that each individual base station can handle more traffic.
  • Telenor will install 5G into the base stations at Flokeneset in order to test 5G as a replacement for copper-based fixed network broadband (ADSL and VDSL).
  • The 5G pilot will also reach some customers in the municipality of Naustdal who are within the 5G coverage area.
  • Testing with customers will take place from September 2019 until the end of the year – with the option of an extension.
  • The experiences gained from the pilot will influence Telenor’s rollout of 5G commercially from 2020 onwards.