We finally have a winner in the race to the first commercial 5G network. It’s not Verizon or AT&T, nor a powerhouse provider from China or South Korea. It’s Elisa! Who’s Elisa you ask? Elisa is a Finnish carrier that has recently partnered with Huawei to make the goal of many operators a reality.
Elisa is actually a pretty big player in reaching these land marks. According to Fierce Wireless, “This isn’t the first time Elisa has staked a big first in wireless. The first GSM telephone call in the world was made using Elisa’s network.”
Elisa says it just became the first to use a 5G network when Anne Berner, minister of Transport and Communications, made a video call from Tampere, Finland, to Kadri Simson, minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, who was in Tallinn, Estonia. This video call was made using what Elisa’s head of mobile technology, Eetu Prieur, described as “wireless 5G routers.” These routers bring coverage to the city centers of Tampere and Tallin.
Fierce Wireless says that Elisa is “using 100 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum. The Ministry of Communications is preparing to allocate the first 5G licenses to the 3,400–3,800 MHz frequency band this fall.”
Elisa’s aim “is to make Finland the leading nation as a developer of 5G mobile services.”
Source: Finland’s Elise claims world’s first commercial use of 5G
Published: June 28, 2018