OSLO: Norway’s Telenor expects investments in so-called fifth-generation mobile phone networks (5G) to be more gradual than the rapid roll-outs of earlier networks, Chief Executive Sigve Brekke told a conference in Oslo on Aug 22.
The company has about 174 million mobile phone subscriptions across 13 markets in Scandinavia, Asia and its Central-Eastern Europe region. Brekke made the following statements regarding 5G networks:
“It’ll be different from what we had on 3G and 4G. They were basically a complete network update. 5G is different and I don’t think you’ll see anyone coming in as new entrants and taking a position in 5G.
“It’ll only be the ones who already have a solid wireless and fixed position in the market.
“It’ll also be more business case driven. We won’t roll out in an entire country and hope there’s a business case. It will be a much more gradual roll-out, driven by specific cases.
“No customers will need 5G for current services. They are more than served by the 4G-plus networks that we have now.
“So don’t expect a big investment plan like the one we had on the upgrades from 3G and 4G.
“It’ll also take a long time before 5G hits the emerging markets. It’ll be Norway and Sweden first and later for the rest of the portfolio.” — Reuters