Sonera plans 2018 5G launch for Finland

Together with Nokia, Sonera will introduce 5G services in Helsinki in 2018. The partnership was announced at the ongoing Slush – Europe’s biggest startup event in Helsinki.

Valdur Laid, CEO of Sonera, said: “We want to drive the industry change and be at the cutting edge of development. Together with Nokia we will ensure that Sonera’s customers in Finland will be able to have the best network and we will also be able to start early with our 5G partnerships to make tomorrow’s services come alive.”

“Be at the forefront”

Tommi Uitto, Senior Vice President for Global Product Sales at Nokia Mobile Networks, said: “Nokia has created the technology path to evolve operators smoothly towards 5G; Nokia 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies will deliver the dramatic improvements in speeds, capacity and latency needed to meet the demand created by myriad connected devices and people. We are pleased to work with Sonera in the greater Helsinki region to be at the forefront of developing a truly connected 5G world.”

New opportunities

5G opens up completely new opportunities for mobile services. With superfast speeds, significantly lower latency and capability to support a vast amount of IoT devices, 5G will enable new customer behaviors, services and IoT applications, for example in the areas of virtual reality, connected cars and eHealth.

Facts 5G and Telia Company

In January 2016 Telia Company and Ericsson entered into a strategic partnership to let customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services in 2018. The partners recently performed the first European field tests of 5G technology in Stockholm.


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