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Telenor rolled-out first 5G station in Serbia

With the commissioning of the first 5G base station in Serbia in the Science-Technology Park Belgrade, Telenor has created 5G environment that can be used by national and foreign companies, star-ups and students of technical faculties in developing solutions for the technology of the future as of today.  Speaking at the event, Minister of Telecommunication Ljajić said that introduction of 5G is another step that positions Serbia on the digital map of the world.

The fifth generation of mobile internet promises to accelerate cellular data transfer speeds from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps, a massive boost that will make next-generation wireless competitive with even the fastest fiber-optic wired networks.  5G should significantly improve the bandwidth, capacity and reliability of cellular broadband far more than previous generational shifts. Low latency is one of 5G’s most important attributes, making the technology highly suitable for critical applications that require rapid responsiveness, such as remote vehicle control, MBB services, smart grid, medicine, communal services, agriculture and smart manufacturing.   

Mike Michel, CEO of Telenor Serbia, said that Telenor already has the best network in Serbia and is “stepping into 5G” today. “We share the vision of Serbia as the leader in the region in developing digital economy and innovations. 5G is the technology of the future and we want to be ready for the moment when it is commercially available. We are inviting companies from the country and region to use the opportunity that 5G environment is available and to start developing their business solutions for the future now.

From September, students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, who are the first partners of this project, will start using 5G test environment. The Dean, Milo Tomašević, said: “Establishment of 5G environment is an important step into the future and very promising. Front of the new technological generation, that came to us before we expected, has the potential to be a generator of digital and all related industries. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Telenor has been cooperating for a long time, so, as one of the first partners in this project, we will provide full support through engagement and experimenting with our researchers and students to contribute in creating new solutions.

Two start – ups, Novelic i DigitalWorx presented their development solutions (Smart manufacting and IOT movement simulation) and agreed that telecom operators, as the providers 5G wireless network, have the potential to become the best enablers and trustworthy business partners for industry customers.For this test environment Telenor got from the relevant regulator (Ratel) a temporary license for spectrum in the frequency bands 3600 and 2600 MHz, which can support functionalities of 5G network. Huawei, as the leader in the market of 5G network equipment and terminals, is a partner in this project, while 5G service is tested on Huawei Mate 20X phones.

Telenor is a part of the international investment PPF Group and has been operating on the Serbian market for 13 years. According to RATEL benchmarking, Telenor has the best network in Serbia, while according to the independent benchmarking of the international company P3, it is the best in test network, which covers with fast 4G internets almost the entire population of Serbia. With reliable and stable connections, it is ready for the further growth and arrival of new technologies.