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In the first of a number of phases in its evolution towards next-gen communications, Telekom Slovenije has announced the rollout of a 5G mobile network in Slovenia.
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The new net will broadcast in the 2600 MHz frequency spectrum band and will take advantage of the operator’s existing estate of base stations which it already uses for its fourth generation mobile network. While it conceded that the full potential of 5G technology will become available to users after additional frequency bands are awarded, in the first phase of development, Telekom Slovenije has so far upgraded 150 base stations, providing approximately 25% coverage with the 4G/5G network. By the end of the year, the company expects to surpass 33% coverage.

The complete public mobile network will take the form of “campus” networks, where a single physical infrastructure can host several virtual dedicated networks for various business verticals. Telekom Slovenije will soon introduce mobile phones that support the 4G/5G network and the commercial terms and conditions for using it, after the first vendors complete all the required software updates.

“5G is not the destination, it is the road. We can hardly imagine living without the proper support of high capacity mobile services at every step,” pointed out Matjaž Beričič, management board member and CTO of Telekom Slovenije. “Mobile data traffic has been growing exponentially, with data transfer in our mobile network increasing more than 25-fold compared to 2013, when we launched the fourth generation of mobile networks. This and the need to ensure continued technological development of IoT were the main reasons we decided to take this next step in our development, the first step towards the introduction of 5G.”

“5G will usher in the development of new business models and innovative ICT solutions with high added value, and bring about new technological breakthroughs (supported with artificial intelligence), advanced multimedia services, virtual and augmented reality, and continued development of solutions related to the internet of things and the digitalisation of the whole society,” added president of the management board of Telekom Slovenije Tomaž Seljak.