Romanian operator RCS & RDS Digi.Mobil and vendor Ericsson have announced that they have gone live with 5G mobile services in Romania.
Admittedly, Romania’s first 5G commercial service has, so far, only launched in the busiest parts of the capital Bucharest, but more coverage is said to be on the way.
Digi is deploying Ericsson’s 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software. Built on top of Digi’s 4G network, the enhanced mobile broadband capabilities enable customers to connect to both 4G and 5G simultaneously, assuming they have the right type of terminal.
Customers are now able to make online pre-orders to purchase terminals compatible with 5G, VoLTE and VoWiFi technology.
The first phase of Digi’s 5G rollout is a non-standalone (NSA) deployment focused on using the combined power of 4G and 5G. The coming weeks will see the activation of more 5G radios and base stations in both the capital and the city of Cluj-Napoca, in the north-west of the country.
It’s still early days, however. Digi can offer 5G services through its already available commercial spectrum within the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band. However, that will not be enough in the long term; thus, Romania plans to start a spectrum auction for additional spectrum needed for 5G wireless networks in the fourth quarter of 2019.