Telia Company said that it and Ericsson have started up Sweden’s first 5G network at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Telia said this is the first step towards the commercial launch of Swedish 5G in 2020. The three parties have developed an innovation arena where 5G applications can be tested at the campus with the support of industry players, but the network is permanent.
As no equipment suited to international 5G standards has previously been available in Sweden, 5G innovation had so far been carried out on pre-standardised 5G equipment. Professor Jan Gulliksen, vice president for digitisation at KTH, said having access to Sweden’s first 5G network on campus provided an opportunity for its researchers, teachers and students.
The frequencies required for commercial launch of 5G in Sweden will not be available until 2020. In 2019, Telia will continue to develop 5G equipment under its 5G partnership programme.