First public 5G network in Sweden
I 2010, Tele2 became the first operator in Sweden to launch a nationwide 4G network and ten years later, Tele2 was once again the first operator to launch the next generation mobile network by activating Sweden’s first 5G network in accordance with global standards on 24 May 2020. As such, from June 2020 and onwards, Tele2’s customers are able to enjoy the next generation mobile network that is up to four times faster than today’s 4G network.
How we did it before everyone else? With the Swedish 5G spectrum auction delayed by the government, Tele2 decided to buy additional frequencies to reach 80 MHz unique bandwidth the so-called “C-band”, which is the frequency band all global mobile phone manufacturers will launch their coming 5G phones and products on. As such, Tele2 was ready to launch 5G before any other operator in Sweden.
Greatly increased speeds
The most obvious advantage of 5G is of course the increased connection speeds. Your average connection with 5G is much faster, at least double the speed of 4G. Peak rate, the highest possible speed, can 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 lowers the latency that occurs when two devices communicate with each other. Not only is this be a huge benefit for all gamers, it also enables a whole new level of connected devices within business and the public sector. For example, self-driving trucks can react to each other in milliseconds while simultaneously communicating with a city’s street light system.
In short, 5G provides:
- 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 is crucial to cater for the increasing demand for connectivity. As mentioned above 5G enables faster data consumption, but, perhaps more importantly, it also enables a much higher number of connected devices. Not only will we continously increase the number of antennas that provide connectivity, but each 5G antenna is also 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.