New Generation networks

Telia Company is ready to, once again, be at the cutting edge of communications networks in our markets. In 2018, Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki and hopefully a few more cities, will be some of the first to try out 5G, which, with its ultra-potent capacity and jaw dropping latency will be the breeding ground for the services of the future.

New network technology will be based on different fixed and mobile technologies, ones that we know today and ones that are yet to be developed. We know a few things about what this will mean, it will be possible to send vast amounts of data at a much lower latency and higher speeds, enabling a whole range of new solutions that today are not even a spark of an idea.

By 2025, at Telia Company we aspire to make our contribution by creating one seamless, borderless, roaming free network that delivers one Gigabit per second across the entire Nordic and Baltic region. In parts of our geographies, major urban areas, we will aspire to create Terabit territories with speeds a thousand times faster than a Gigabit. This is a bold ambition but we think setting the aspiration of being the cradle of digitalization offers us an opportunity to become the world’s ‘digital sandbox’ and put the Nordic and Baltics even further ahead, as the global centre for digitalisation. An important part of our aspiration is ubiquity, a term that will increasingly become synonymous with the digitalized societies.

In the Nordics and Baltics, we have big cities, but most of our region is scarcely populated rural areas and wilderness. However, modern e-services and high speed Internet must be available everywhere otherwise you cannot effectively work, live or travel in remote areas. Reaching ubiquitous coverage gives all communities the ability to thrive in digital landscapes.

 What next…

  • We need enough spectrum allocated in both high and low bands to cover all the Nordic and Baltic region with sufficient capacity.
  • Create new and innovative solutions of how those final hard to reach areas are not left behind, it may be through collaboration, tco-investment or other new ways of thinking about network build out and ownership.
  • The way in which operators are able to build networks needs to evolve. Permissions, rights of way and permits are all vital components to the cost efficient and timely achievement of our aspirations.