Telenor, Telia, and with the help of Nokia, have begun building the world’s first shared wireless network to be built and tried across Denmark. One benefit to this is the use of Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN), which enables the sharing of radio access network infrastructure and spectrum sources. Not only does this allow mobile operators to simultaneously share the cost of infrastructure with their partners or competitors, the system accommodates 2G to 5G ranges, allowing for numerous services to be offered.
“This is a major step on our 5G journey, and I really look forward to start testing with real customers and understanding how 5G can provide true value for them,” said CTO at Telia Denmark, Henrik Kofod. “I hope this will inspire other operators in the Danish market to move in the same direction. Network sharing is a great choice when it comes to building sustainable 5G networks. When we maximize our resource utilization, we lower our carbon footprint and optimize our investments.”
Georg Svendsen, CTO at Telenor, said: “Network sharing is a clear strategic priority for Telenor to continuously deliver one of the best mobile networks in the world, supporting safe and reliable connectivity to our private and business users.”
“Deploying 5G networks independently can be an expensive undertaking for mobile operators in the most competitive markets,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia. “This trial highlights that through network sharing, operators can drive efficiencies, lower costs and bring the myriad benefits of 5G to businesses and consumers quickly. We hope that this trial demonstrates to operators around the world that there are multiple options open to them to get their 5G networks up and running quickly and at the lowest possible cost.”
The Nordic trio have expressed that long-term collaboration and partnership as well as further development of the network sharing technology would be profitable for everyone. Many markets around the world are beginning to see the importance of network sharing.