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First public 5G network launched in Estonia

Telia launched a commercial 5G network in Estonia. The new network is available in three of the country’s largest cities; Tallinn, Tartu, and Pärnu and will be expanded to 20 locations by the end of the year.

“Estonia is already a leader in digitalization. Our new public 5G network will strengthen that position and broaden the country’s digital highways, opening the door to entirely new services like remote care, cloud gaming, autonomous transports, remote operated drones, remote machine control, augmented enhanced reality and more. The benefits of 5G will help us build a more sustainable society and increase our competitiveness on the global arena,” says Robert Pajos, CEO of Telia Estonia.

Telia plans to expand its 5G network in Estonia to 20 locations by the end of year. The company will continue to develop the network and improve data speeds, pending a coming 3,5 MHz spectrum auction in the beginning of 2021. A technology called Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) allows Telia to leverage the frequency bands already in use to launch the 5G network ahead of the spectrum auction. The new network is launched in cooperation with Ericsson and the equpipment needed has been produced at Ericsson’s Tallinn plant.

Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Ericsson Northern and Central Europe, said: “We are excited to enable Telia’s launch of 5G in Estonia. 5G will serve both consumers and enterprises taking the digitalization and sustainable development to the next level, where superior connectivity is a prerequisite. Given that the 5G equipment we deploy also is produced in Estonia makes this moment even more special.”

To access the new 5G networks in Estonia, customers have to be in an area where there is 5G coverage. They also need a 5G-ready smartphone and a mobile subscription from Telia.

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