Ice turns on 5G in Oslo

Ice has 5G. The pilot in Oslo is no longer a pilot, now it is available to Ice customers.

- It's nice to be able to share that Norway's third mobile network now has 5G. We start small, and then it will naturally spread across the whole country just as we have done with the 4G network, says technology director at Ice, Jan-Erik Hvidsten.

Ice's 5G coverage initially consists of 14 sites in the Oslo area, and uses the 2.1 GHz and 700 MHz bands. On launch day, the latest generation of mobile networks will be available for most Android phones that support 5G.

5G for 100NOK - in 5 minutes

Earlier this week, Ice launched the world's first fully digital mobile company, NiceMobil. This marked the abolition of the SIM card, and tougher competition on price.

- NiceMobil uses Ice's network. This means that you can now get 5G for NOK100 - in five minutes, says CEO of Ice, Eivind Helgaker.

Bought 5G frequencies for half a billion

In September, Ice secured 5G frequencies, but these have not yet been handed over to Ice and may be used from January 2022. Ice was awarded part of the 3600 MHz band in a 5G frequency auction by the National Communications Authority (Nkom).

- It is positive that Ice has secured frequencies that allow us to further strengthen a future-oriented third network. We are the country's fastest growing mobile company, and we are increasing both the number of customers and data usage, says Helgaker.

Ice bought 80 MHz for a sum of NOK 554 million. The frequencies apply from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2041. Hvidsten says that the outcome of the auction will ensure that Ice can strengthen competition in the Norwegian market, and that more 5G rollout will take place.

- In the short term, we plan to turn on 5G in the 4-5 largest cities in Norway, the rest will also come later, Hvidsten concludes.