Norway’s Telenor and Sweden’s Telia are racing to be the first to provide the next mobile phone network, 5G. Telenor demonstrated its technology this week, with government minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen pressing the button that quickly brought communications speed up to more than 70 gigabits a second.
Telenor’s 5G system will mean that mobile phone signals in 2020 will be a hundred times faster than they are today. “In the course of a year, standardization of 5G is expected to be met, and the network will probably be in commercial use from 2019 to 2020,” Bjørn Taale Sandberg of Telenor told state broadcaster NRK.
Sweden’s Telia also expects its 5G system to be in place by 2020. Solvik-Olsen hopes it all will create more jobs. “5G is exciting and important, because it represents technology that can give us more security both in the districts and the cities,” he said. “That will make it easier to create value and jobs.”