Telia Finland has hit a new milestone in its 5G deployment. It has launched base stations operating on 26 GHz, a super high frequency band – delivering data speeds of more than 4 gigabit per second and extremely low latency, which will be important to power real-time applications in the future and to provide capacity in areas with a lot of connected devices, for example city centers.
The speed record was set near a base station in eastern Helsinki, the capital of Finland, with download speeds of 4,1 Gbit/s. The latency dropped well below 10 milliseconds.
“5G is now beginning to deliver on its revolutionary promise. The speeds tests in our public network are now approaching the world record measured in our partner Nokia’s networks. 5G on frequency bands like 26 GHz will play an important role in the future to deliver uninterrupted connectivity with high bandwidth and low latency to applications like automated vehicles at a port or equipment in a factory, or to deliver lots of capacity to crowded areas, like city centers or a stadium” says Janne Koistinen, Telia’s 5G programme director.
Telia acquired commercial spectrum in the 26 GHz frequency band last year, and is now exploring its possibilities in its public network and in pilots with corporate customers. Further deployment of the spectrum in both public and dedicated 5G networks will continue in coming years, though development of devices to connect to the networks are still limited. Meanwhile, Telia has an ambitious rollout of 5G on 3,5 GHz and 700 MHz around the country, in cities, and now also to the countryside.
Telia is now rolling out 5G networks in all of its markets in the Nordics and Baltics with a goal to provide 90 % population coverage across its footprint by 2023.