"In Telenor, we have been preparing for 5G for several years, and now we can finally share technology with families and companies in the Kongsberg Technology Library," said Sigve Brekke, Telenor Executive Director, as we are now looking forward to testing and learning as much as possible with pilot users.
This week, Telegiganten opened the first 5G network in Scandinavia. However, this is not a full commercial launch, because Telenor thinks this will happen in 2020.
The currently routed network will be used as a 5G technology pilot, technically and commercially, in collaboration with several partners.
One of them is Applied Autonomy, a startup company that provides self-propelled vehicle management systems. The test included five families in Kongsberg.
This week, epic E24 becomes, the chief of applied autonomy Olav Madland tells us how to test and use the internet. Sigve Brekke's director and technology director Ingeborg Øfsthus in Telenor talk about new mobile technology, which is now testing and earning 5G – which will require great investment in the coming years.
Listen to the E2 podium with Kongsberg: The 5G mobile network, which is more than speed and fun
There are basically three advantages of 5G compared to the previous mobile technologies we know as 4G and 3G:
- speed: While Telenor believes they are capable of delivering about 70 megabits per second in the speed of browsing in today's 4G network, the 5G network can quickly deliver 1,000 megabits per second
- answer: While it takes a couple of seconds to make signals coming through today's mobile network, it's almost instantaneous with 5G. It allows you to use vehicle control technology or military robots, which must be controlled with precision
- coalescence: The mobile network can be divided into multiple layers. This means, for example, that emergency services can have full capacity and response in their network, even in the area of the festival with thousands of interested mobile users
In addition to the purely technological advantages, splicing enables mobile companies to monetize new ways, for example, not just paying the amount of data packets. It may be imagined that mobile operators will be able to charge extra for those who want to reserve network capacity or have a particularly low response time.
Which business models we are seeing is not one of the mobile peaks that will predict so much about the public.
Technology is still developing
Currently, Telenor has set up three 5G base stations in Kongsberg, about 1.5 kilometers from the apartments.
They work on relatively high frequencies (3.5 and 1.8 gigahertz), which provide good capacity but a relatively short signal range. In the future, it seems, use the lower frequencies you use elsewhere in the mobile network.
Although US Verizon launched this 5G service that provides wireless broadband connection in some US cities, technology is still under development.
"Standards are still developing and we had to work hard to get all the equipment needed for this pilot test," Telenor's new director of technology Ingeborg Øfsthus said during the event.
For example, mobile phones that actually support 5G are not yet available so that what Telenor, Verizon, and other players now use are modems and modules that provide only pure data connectivity over a 5G network.
"We predict that mobile handsets will be available by the end of 2019, but we see that mobile devices are still coming news," she continued.
According to the technology director, the 5G network also requires a significant upgrading of the core network, ie infrastructure behind each base station, even though larger fiber and infrastructure investments have already been made in connection with the 4G network construction.
Fears Europe is coming back
According to Predecessor Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Sigve Brekke is also concerned that Europe will end up in a technology race that is constantly taking place in the mobile industry.
While Baksaas pointed out that the smartphone (and in particular the introduction of the iPhone) helped the US mobile industry to take a big step forward and to go to Europe, Brekke feared that Europe in a more fragmented industry would do the same in the sense of 5G.
"We risk the background lighting of Europe in comparison to Asia and the United States, so it is important that we are in the process of testing how this new technology can be used," Brekke told Kongsberg.
During the 5G launch at Kongsberg, Secretary General Telenor noted, among other things, that markets in the United States and Asia are characterized by smaller and big players with large divisions and financial muscles, while the European market is divided and characterized by the fact that there are many more mobile companies .
Therefore, they will also make great efforts to break Telenor and the Nordic region.
In addition to the Kongsberg test, Telenor will also conduct two pilot tests in the Osaka area in 2019.
Telenor also won a call from the EU, which means that in collaboration with British BT and Spanish Telephone, it will conduct tests and exchange experience with a few 5G tests across Europe.
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