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Ericsson and Telia celebrate 40 years of modern connectivity

As Ericsson and Telia reflect on the impact of the launch of their first-generation mobile network 40 years ago, it highlights just how far the telecommunications companies have come to still be at the forefront of 5G technology.

40 years anniversary of 1G

When Ericsson and Telia launched the first-generation (1G) mobile network on October 1, 1981, little was known about how much it would change the world as we knew it.

As the collaboration continues to thrive with 5G, and with 100 live 5G networks about to be reached by Ericsson, more milestones are likely to follow.

It was in the Stockholm suburb of Hammarby that 1G was switched on in the Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT) network. Today, Telia has just exceeded 5.5 million users - covered by its 5G networks in the Nordic and Baltics.

Since laying the foundation for mobile communication across the globe forty years ago, a staggering 5.2 billion people worldwide now rely on the Ericsson and Telia innovation.

Celebrating 40 years of modern innovation in the Nordics

Continuing the technology revolution

Rather than contemplating their achievement, the telecommunications partners are looking to continue to create game-changing waves on a global scale - this time by leading the development of the fifth-generation mobile network, more commonly known as 5G.

Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, says: “Every historical event begins with a first step. Today, we celebrate Ericsson and Telia taking that all-important first step that led to modern connectivity as we know it. Since then, every generation of mobile telephony has brought innovation that has shaped and changed the world. We’re so proud to have been there every step of the way - and look forward to the ongoing journey ahead.”

Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Telia Company, says: “Telia and Ericsson's collaboration is one of a kind, and together we've pushed technology boundaries for more than a century, making the Nordic and Baltics the world's most connected region. 5G will unleash a new wave of innovation and creativity, reinventing the way we experience all things digital.

As a catalyst for digital transformation, 5G will continue to enable the possibility for use cases that couldn’t be done before and is now redefining how many of us envision the future both at home and in the workplace.