Ookla said Telenor Norway‘s success hinged upon a multi-carrier LTE deployment strategy by using the 800MHz, 1880MHz and 2.6GHz layer that gives it the balance of coverage and capacity. The operator has also rolled out Gigabit LTE, 256QAM and 4×4 MIMO to selected sites to drive network efficiencies.
Telenor Norway takes pride in being one of the operators with the largest share of voice traffic over LTE in the world, and is aggressively working towards allocating all available frequency bands to LTE.
Telenor is also assertive with marketing incentives designed to upgrade customers to modern devices. This is because the newest flagship phones are faster and more efficient in their use of network resources as a result of being equipped with the most advanced LTE modems, RF front-end and four LTE antennas.
Telenor currently has 99.4% of Norwegians covered with LTE, encompassing 81% of land mass, including remote rural areas. They extend service to Norway’s famous fjords by leveraging the existing cell sites built during the 2G days and continuing to add new ones.
Operator is currently conducting 5G trials in preparation for commercial launch in 2020. Potential use cases for their 5G include: fixed wireless, enhanced mobile broadband and prioritization for mission critical services like healthcare, emergency services and supporting Norway’s large fish farming industry. While 5G is expected to make a big splash when it’s launched, carrier believes that the LTE technology will continue as the main network pillar for several years to come.