Faroese Telecom

Ericsson scores exclusive deal bringing 5G to the Faroe Islands

5G Core and RAN deal with Faroese Telecom will include full modernisation of the existing network

Ericsson has scored an exclusive 5G Core and Radio Access Network (RAN) deal with Faroese Telecom, the Faroe Islands’ leading and incumbent communications service provider (CSP). As part of the new partnership, Faroese Telecom will use Ericsson’s leading technologies, to fully modernise their existing network.

The new deal is a significant step towards unlocking the full potential of 5G services and use cases across the Faroe Islands, the 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean. The self-governing archipelago is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark and has a total area of about 1,400 square kilometres with a population of 53,400.

“Faroese Telecom has high ambitions for the network – we are aiming at world-class coverage, speed and capacity. The Faroe Islands is one of the best-connected countries in the world with 97.2 percent geographical coverage of 4G reaching even 100 kilometres out to sea.

With Ericsson as our strategic partner, we will enable the next generation of innovation and more capacity in the network to achieve our goal of 100 percent geographic coverage – a demanding task given the geography and terrain of the Faroe Islands,” said Jan Ziskasen, CEO, Faroese Telecom. 

The 18 islands that make up the Faroe Islands are connected by bridges, tunnels, subsea tunnels and ferries. And so Faroese Telecom is striving to use 5G technology to provide a mobile signal anytime, anywhere, even deep underground. 

Ziskasen added:

“The newest subsea tunnel, Eysturoyartunnilin, is 11 kilometres long and 187 meters deep and even has a roundabout. After the modernization, this will be the first undersea tunnel where you can roam on 5G whilst driving through a roundabout under the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean.”

The modernized network has the potential to transform the Faroe Islands’ main industry – fishing.

In addition to serving vessels and fishing boats offshore through better coverage, lower latency and higher speeds, the 5G network can be combined with Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to enable new use cases and bolster sustainability efforts in the region.

This will include safety improvement, autonomous navigation, route monitoring for fuel volume control and gas emissions.

Niclas Backlund, Head of Denmark and North Atlantic, Ericsson says:

“5G technology’s fast connectivity and low latency are crucial for driving industries forward in the Faroe Islands and enabling the large-scale introduction of IoT.

The superior speed, high reliability and low latency of 5G make it possible to bring new applications to the market and provide coverage in challenging terrain.”

The rollout of 5G and the full modernization of Faroese Telecom’s current 4G network will tap Ericsson’s 5G RAN and Core products and solutions, including the Ericsson Radio System portfolio that covers Massive MIMO and Ericsson Antenna System.

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