To unlock the full potential of 5G and drive the next wave of technological innovation in Norway, Telenor and Ericsson have entered into a Joint Innovation Cooperation, a major effort to create new 5G-powered opportunities in areas such as entertainment, autonomous transport, smart factories and remote healthcare.
“5G is more than a new network, it is a bridge into the future. 5G will have a strong positive impact on society. Through our innovation collaboration we will pave the way for both services critical for society and commercial services that will drive the digitalization of Norway,” says Ingeborg Øfsthus, CTO Telenor Norway.
“5G is made for innovation, and by establishing a Joint Innovation Cooperation, we will work to ensure Norway will be at the forefront of mobile innovation. We look forward to involving early 5G adoptors in Norway to innovate with us. We will bring world leading technology and knowhow,” says Stian Solberg, CTO, Ericsson Norway.
5G use cases are not to be limited to a certain area. While there is significant potential for industries and businesses, higher satisfaction with 5G network performance has also triggered the demand for a new era of consumer services.
“According to our recent ConsumerLab study, 20 percent of 5G mobile users have decreased usage of Wi-Fi on their phones after upgrading. Seven-in-ten 5G users expect more innovative services and apps, and indoor coverage is rated two times more important than speed or battery life,” says Stian Solberg.
Across the world, Ericsson operates dozens of 5G testbeds from Europe’s largest 5G research network in Aachen, Germany, to Silicon Valley’s most advanced 5G innovation hub at Ericsson D-15. Ericsson also provides the technology and insight to power hundreds of live industry 5G use cases, such as the world’s most advanced Smart Port in Livorno, Italy, to the UK’s first 5G factory at Worcester Bosch.
“Telenor has speeded up our building of the future 5G network in Norway. The full modernization of the mobile network in Norway is an ambitious undertaking, and the new technology will give Norwegians access to products and services that have never before been available. With 5G we get fiber optic speed over the mobile network,” says Ingeborg Øfsthus.
Now is the time to take 5G ecosystem collaboration to the next level, for the benefit of people, businesses and society at large. Telenor and Ericsson are now jointly addressing the 5G opportunities in Norway and together, will drive the next era of digital transformation.