Tele2 5G is coming

To build the most reliable, secure and sustainable 5G network

The next generation mobile technology will result in increased speeds, higher reliability and new security solutions. Moreover, 5G will satisfy the ever increasing demand for data in a more energy efficient way.

Greatly increased speeds

The most obvious advantage of 5G is of course increased connection speeds. Your average connection will be much faster, at least double the speed you have today. Peak rate, the highest possible speed, will be up to ten times faster. In a few years, we might even be able to download at an astounding 10 Gbit per second on a mobile connection – that’s significantly faster than the average broadband today.

Furthermore, 5G will lower the latency that occurs when two devices communicate with each other. Not only will this be a huge benefit for all gamers, it will also enable a whole new level of connected devices within business and the public sector. For example, self-driving trucks will be able to react to each other in milliseconds while simultaneously communicating with a city’s street light system.

In short, 5G will provide:

  • Faster average speeds
  • Higher peak rates
  • Lower latency

The society of tomorrow

In many countries, like Tele2’s home market Sweden, the average data consumption per consumer increases by around 30 percent per year. At the same time, the number of connected devices also increases rapidly. Consumers connect their cars, watches and even pets as part of the Internet of Things (IoT) development. But its within business the real change happens, where ever more connected parts of production enables automatization and efficiency.

5G technology will be crucial to cater for the increasing demand for connectivity. As mentioned above 5G will enable faster data consumption, but, perhaps more importantly, it will also enable a much higher number of connected devices. Not only will we increase the number of antennas that provide connectivity, but each 5G antenna will also be able to handle a much higher number of connected devices. Some say we live in a connected society already today, but we might laugh at that when we look back in ten years.

The most sustainable network

Tele2 already has the most sustainable network in Sweden. For example, we share networks with competitors for increased efficiency and use only renewable electricity. We will certainly not lower our ambitions for the 5G roll out in any of our markets.

Today, connectivity is not only taken for granted, but is crucial for the interaction between individuals, industries and societies. However with an ever increasing demand for data we constantly need to enhance our network capacity. That is why the energy efficiency of 5G is so important – 5G will consume significantly lower amounts of energy compared to 4G, per transferred data.

Of course, Tele2’s 5G networks will also enable greater efficiency in a wider sense. As more and more parts of industries becomes connected, we will see efficiency on a level that is not possible today. The same goes for the society as a whole, where public systems can become faster and more intelligent. Just imagine how energy efficient a truly connected city could become. Traffic systems interacting with public transport systems, interacting with carpark systems, interacting with GPS systems, interacting with connected cars and so on. 5G will not only enable a more energy efficient society, but might also eradicate traffic jams and overcrowded subways.

Our top priority: Reliability

5G will not only provide speed and increased capacity, it will also increase the reliability and robustness of our networks even further. At Tele2 we will use the 5G roll out as an opportunity to invest in new solutions for redundancy and reliability throughout our networks. Our top priority is to have the most reliable network in each market where we operate.

5G will be a much more reliable standard compared to previous generations and will be able to handle more connected devices and high loads in for example large cities or at events in arenas. It will also allow a much higher precision for fast-moving devices, enabling better connectivity while you are on a train or riding a car. Moreover, while the higher 5G frequencies will provide much higher speeds, the lower 5G frequencies will improve the reach and reliability on the countryside.

It will also be possible to prioritize specific services or ranges of traffic to ensure important infrastructure for both customers and society, making sure crucial services run smoothly. If an issue occurs, we will be able to contain it  within a limited part of the network, to avoid a snowball effect.

Improved security and issue handling

5G will enable a whole new range of security technologies, for individuals as well as our network infrastructure. The improved speeds will allow better and faster tools for both authentication and encryption of traffic, both for mobile phones and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. It will also improve security protocols for when devices in our network interacts with devices in other networks, to and from other countries.

With speed and capacity, proactive security measures will be improved. For example, it will be possible to share and install new software and security updates much faster than today, enabling intelligent real-time IoT security features. At the same time, security systems will be able to handle issues much better, as faster response times will increase efficiency of monitoring and activation of counter-measures.

Will 5G replace WiFi?

5G will definitely bring mobile connectivity with better speed and capacity than some broadband and WiFi solutions today. For some, 5G will probably be the perfect replacement. However, we believe that mobile 5G and new fixed connectivity technologies will rather complement each other and increase speed and capacity in different areas of the society. At Tele2, we will continue to expand and improve our leading fixed network in Sweden while we also roll out 5G.

When will you roll out 5G?

Our ambition is to launch 5G to our first customers during 2020. We will start our roll out in large cities, to provide as many customers as possible with 5G as soon as we can. However to be able to roll out 5G, we first must acquire spectrum licenses from the government of each country we operate in. Some countries have already held their 5G spectrum auctions while some, like Sweden, have delayed their auctions.

It is important to understand that 5G will not be rolled out in a few days, or even weeks. The complete roll out of 5G will take many years.

For more information on 5G rollout, please see the webpage of each market:

Tele2 Sweden

Tele2 Estonia

Tele2 Latvia

Tele2 Lithuania