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Ericsson and TDC NET deliver the first nationwide 5G coverage in the Nordics

Denmark’s TDC NET has become the first Nordic digital infrastructure provider to reach nationwide 5G coverage, thanks to Ericsson’s 5G portfolio. Transforming the country, Ericsson has now deployed the final upgrade to more than 3,800 radio sites across the country, meaning 90 percent 5G coverage in the country and a 50 percent increase speed of the 4G network. 

Dec 04, 2020
Ericsson Field Engineers installing 5G radio sites in Helsingør, Denmark.
Ericsson Field Engineers installing 5G radio sites in Helsingør, Denmark.

On December 1, Ericsson and Danish TDC NET completed the full modernization of more than 3,800 radio sites across its network. This makes TDC NET the first digital infrastructure provider in the Nordics to launch a nationwide 5G mobile network. The partnership also brings huge benefits to consumers and businesses across Denmark today, where the speed of TDC NET’s 4G network has been increased by almost 50 percent.

Driving a “Digital Denmark” agenda

Thanks to TDC NET and Ericsson’s 5G platform – Ericsson Radio System, Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core and Ericsson Managed Services – Danish consumers and enterprises will be among the first in Europe to experience enhanced mobile broadband, which will enable new services such as augmented and virtual reality, cloud gaming and more.

Niclas Backlund, Country Manager for Denmark at Ericsson, says: “We are proud to partner with TDC NET to enable Denmark to become the first Nordic country with a nationwide 5G mobile network. Our 5G platform will enable TDC NET to realize its targets of “Connecting Denmark”, With Ericsson’s 5G platform now in place across Denmark, the innovation journey can truly begin.”

Both partners are dedicated to realizing the benefits of a better-connected future, having also unveiled an Innovation Hub in July 2020 to broaden the ecosystem of 5G partnerships in Denmark, with results including a partnership for the deployment of 5G at a Grundfos’ plant in Bjerringbro, Denmark.

5G coverage across the world

In December 2019, Switzerland became the first market in Europe to switch on commercial 5G services nationwide, thanks to Ericsson Spectrum Sharing. However, 5G deployments in other European markets have since centered mainly on larger cities.

In other parts of the world, the most extensive 5G coverage build-outs have taken place in the US, China, and South Korea. According to the November 2020 Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G coverage is expected to reach 15 percent of the global population by the end of 2020, up from 5 percent at the end of 2019. It is forecast to grow to 60 percent in 2026.

Today, Ericsson delivers 33 live 5G networks across 18 countries in Europe.

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