Telenor Norge has announced plans to undertake a new 5G pilot at Flokeneset, in the municipality of Askvoll. Announcing the development – the first 5G pilot in Western Norway – Telenor said it will install 5G into the base stations at Flokeneset in order to test the next generation of mobile broadband technology as a replacement for copper-based fixed network broadband infrastructure (ADSL and VDSL). It noted that the pilot will also reach some customers in the municipality of Naustdal who are within the 5G coverage area, with testing to take place between September and December 2019, with the option of an extension.
With Telenor saying that the experiences gained from the pilot will influence its rollout of 5G commercially from 2020 onwards, Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group, was cited as saying: ‘We are focused on testing and learning as much as possible about 5G during the course of 2019, and we have spent a lot of time looking for perfect test sites. Flokeneset is a community located between high mountains and deep fjords. As we already have fibre and base stations in the area, in addition to a number of enthusiastic locals, there is no doubt about it that Flokeneset is an ideal location to test new applications of the 5G network.’