Elisa Launches World's First Commercial 5G Network in Finland

Elisa in Finland has become the first operator in the world to begin commercial use of a 5G network. The first person to use the 5G network was Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, who made a video call to Kadri Simson, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure in Estonia. The video call is yet another historical achievement by Elisa: the first GSM telephone call in the world was also made using Elisa’s network. They have now started selling 5G subscriptions.

The world’s first commercial 5G networks were launched in Tampere and Tallinn in Finland.

Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, said - They aim to make Finland the leading nation as a developer of 5G mobile services. The Ministry of Communications is ready to allocate the first 5G licences to the 3,400 - 3,800 MHz frequency band in autumn, which will make Finland among the first countries in the world to start building 5G networks.

5G will offer several new features to users of mobile services. For instance, 5G enables considerably faster data speeds and lower latency, as well as allowing a significantly larger number of devices to connect to the network.  This higher speed benefited the video call made over the first commercial 5G network. Elisa, together with Huawei, used the first commercial 5G terminal devices in the world to make the call.

In addition, 5G enables connecting a vast number of different devices to the network simultaneously. This will offer companies whole new business opportunities in the near future, for instance, when developing solutions related to the Internet of Things, such as the NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things). Together with dozens of different customers from, among others, the retail sector, the forest and mechanical engineering industries, and public administration, Elisa is testing and developing applications and services that use new 5G features and produce new added value for customers.

The new network is the kickstart for 5G and the highlight of several years of development work by Elisa. The company has tested technology and pre-commercial applications that will be used in the 5G networks of the future. Elisa has also been updating its networks to be 5G-ready across Finland, and this work continues.