The telecommunications company “Telia Lietuva” received permission from the Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) to provide commercial fifth-generation mobile network services. 5G will soon be operational with 110 base stations in the 700 MHz band and 110 base stations in the 3.5 GHz band. Telia Lietuva’s 5G networks cover more than half of the country and 80 percent of its population.
Lithuania is the leader of the European telecommunications market, but so far there is no 5G diamond in the country’s crown. However, the situation is changing – as of today, Telia Lietuva has a 5G signal in about 65 percent of the territory of Lithuania and 80 percent of the population. After receiving CRA’s permission to use 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies, which were sold for 30 million in two auctions.
“We are the first in Lithuania to introduce all digital technologies: 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G. We have been preparing for this launch for 4 years and have invested 100 million euros to renew the entire network. Lithuania is one of the last “pagans” in Europe in terms of commercial 5G networks, and the 5G rollout – Let’s show that we can be at the forefront of development. 5G technology is very important for Lithuanian business. They offer the highest growth potential and level of competitiveness. I firmly believe that the world of the future needs more digital life – smarter, more sustainable and, I sincerely believe, better,” said Delia.
Intensive development of 5G base stations is planned throughout 2023. The main focus will be on north-eastern Lithuania, where all base stations are planned to be updated with Ericsson network equipment. By mid-summer 2023, Telia Lietuva’s 5G connection will cover 99 percent of Lithuania.
5G devices and plans
“Telia Lietuva” customers can use the 5G network without additional fees – all they need is a “5G Payment” plan and a 5G-enabled device in Lithuania. Among the 5G-enabled smartphones, Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus and other smart devices are the most popular. A detailed list of 5G supported devices and a 5G coverage map can be found at any time on the Telia Lietuva website.
In order for a mobile device to connect to 5G connectivity in certain areas of its phone functionality, it may be necessary to update the operating system to the latest information. The device will connect to the network and the 5G icon will appear on the screen.
5G badge is the same, features are different
5G communication in Lithuania uses 3.5 GHz and 700 MHz bands. Devices in the 3.5 GHz frequency range can reach speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (2 Gbps). Where 3.5 GHz cannot be reached, the devices used the wider coverage of 5G in the 700 MHz frequency band. Its fast is similar to fast 4G but with higher capacity and much lower latency.
Telia Lietuva will first deploy a high-speed 5G network operating at 3.5 GHz frequencies in areas with large amounts of data and where high speed is required.
Telia Lietuva has been testing 5G technology in Lithuania since 2018, and commercial 5G services in Vilnius since 2022. January offers the 2100 MHz frequency band.
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