Tele2 and Telenor put their 5G frequencies into operation – just two days after the auction


When the 5G auction ended, Tele2’s and Telenor’s joint network company Net4mobility had been allocated 100 MHz frequency space on the 3620-3720 MHz radio band. In normal cases, such an auction is usually followed by a couple of years of silence while the operators build and test their new network, but this time it took only two days before Telenor and Tele2 announced that their new frequency band was now in operation in more than 30 locations in Sweden.

– I have always said that we will offer our customers speeds of 1 Gbit / s and we can now do that in 37 locations in Sweden, says Andres Suazo, mobile network manager at Telenor Sweden.

This is not because their network company skipped those years of testing and expansion, but because the company actually already had a frequency space of 80 MHz around 3700 MHz. These frequencies were auctioned off by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency 2007-2009 as municipal licenses, to be used for wireless fixed broadband. That did not happen, but Net4mobility has been able to buy these local licenses in order to put together a complete 5G band.

The reason why the network company has not only been able to make do with this band is that the licenses expire already in 2023. What happens next is uncertain, which means that Net4Mobility cannot expect to keep them.
With the new license, however, that is the problem out of the world, at the same time as it has been possible in recent years to build and test a 5G network sharply with real frequencies. Then switching over the frequencies is probably a matter of a simple software update, which is proven by the fact that it was possible to do it in two days.

With the network that was switched on this spring, Tele2 has promised speeds of in some cases over 1 Gbit / s but often around 500 Mbit / s. With the new slightly larger frequency space, they and Telenor promise speeds of over 1 Gbit / s in more locations. Net4Mobility has set a goal that 99 percent of Sweden’s population will have 5G coverage where they live within three years.


Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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