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Telenor and Huawei Jointly Announce First 5G Demo in Norway

Mar 30, 2017

[Norway, Oslo, 30th of March, 2017] Telenor Group and Huawei jointly announced the first 5G based E-band1 multi-user MIMO2 demo in Norway this month. The maximum speed reached by the demo was 70Gbps. Furthermore, a Joint Desktop Study that will provide insights and learnings to identify necessary update steps from 4G to 5G technology in Telenor’s Network, will be operated through the Telenor and Huawei Joint Innovation Center.

The E-band multi-user MIMO can provide over a 20Gbps speed rate for a single user. Working as a supplementary low frequency band, the E-band enhances the user experience of eMBB3.

The Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Ketil Solvik-Olsen, attended the event and personally launched the Demo. Telenor Group CEO, Mr. Sigve Brekke said, “This is a big day for Telenor, because finally we can demonstrate the potential of 5G, and Norway will always be the first market for us to test new technology.”

Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen(Left), Telenor Nordic CEO, Berit Svendsen (Right), and Telenor Nordic CTO, Magnus Zetterberg, watch the demo

Telenor Nordic CEO, Berit Svendsen gave special thanks to Huawei for their key contribution to this collaboration. She said, “No operator can do this alone, that is why our partnership with Huawei is so incredibly important. Huawei are far ahead in this area”.

The president of Huawei Telenor Key Account Team, Mr. Zhang Chao said, “Huawei is one of the world’s leading organizations working on the standardization and development of 5G, and I congratulate us all in taking this first important step towards 5G. We are very proud to be part of this first 5G demo in Norway.”

Telenor Group CEO, Sigve Brekke, and President of Telenor Key Account, Zhang Chao celebrate after watching the demo

Telenor, being one of the world's leading telecom operators, has a very clear technical strategy and superior execution capabilities. Telenor also follows 5G technology developments closely, and in the international 5G standardization bodies Telenor and Huawei work closely together.

1 E-band E-band A radio frequency band of 71-76 GHz/81-86 GHz.

2 MIMO Multiple Input Multiple Output

3 eMBB Enhanced Mobile Broadband