Ericsson and Slovenian communications service provider, Telekom Slovenije, launched the first commercial 5G network in Slovenia on July 23, 2020.
The 5G rollout commenced within a week of the July 16th contract signing.
The new 5G services were switched on through a software installation to existing Ericsson Radio System and Packet Core equipment which will enable spectrum sharing between 4G and 5G on the 2600MHz FDD spectrum – traditionally used for 4G only.
Under the terms of the 5G deal, Ericsson is supplying Telekom Slovenije with RAN and Packet Core solutions.
Initial 5G services are available in major cities across Slovenia, covering an estimated 25 percent of the population.
The Slovenian communications service provider aims to increase its 5G coverage to 33 percent of the population by end of 2020.