Greenlandic operator Tusass and Ericsson have announced a pilot this year to deploy non-standalone (NSA) Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) 5G in Sisimiut, Maniitsoq and Narsaq, before roll-out to several other places in Greenland. Ericsson began a partnership with Tusass in 2017, modernising its network and adding 4G in every populated area of Greenland. Equipment and services already deployed include a Radio Access Network (RAN) with products such as Ericsson Radio System, supported by the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core.

After the pilot in Sisimiut, Maniitsoq and Narsaq, the next beneficiary locations will be Ilulissat, Nanortalik, Nuuk, Paamiut, Qaqortoq, Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq, Upernavik, Uummannaq and Aasiaat. The 5G network will be supported by modems from Netgear, which has an existing relationship with Ericsson. Netgear’s sales director for EMEA, Peter Patturajan, said the company looks forward to  working with Tusass to strengthen Greenland’s digital future. He said Netgear’s home networking products include its Orbi modems with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 for fast, reliable and secure internet access for customers.

Tusass CEO Kristian Reinert Davidsen said that bringing in 5G will affect the daily lives of all Greenlanders. Mobile connections are extremely important in the Arctics and to many families and households in Greenland, it is the only line of contact, he added. The 2.17 million square kilometre territory has a population of 56,000 and while some towns are relatively close to each other, they might not connected by roads. Jenny Lindqvist, head of Northern and Central Europe at Ericsson, said its 5G network will connect people in Greenland over vast distances. The partnership will also support digitisation there, enabling applications in control of critical infrastructure and remote devices, as well as new entertainment services, such as 8K television.

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