Faroese Telecom said it has covered 100 percent of the Faroe Island's population with 5G connectivity.

The telco has paired with Swedish vendor Ericsson to launch the service across all 18 of the country's islands.

Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands: now 5G-enabled – Getty Images

Ericsson has provided a 5G Non Standalone (NSA) network to the telco, which is one of two mobile network operators in the country. The Faroe Islands has a population of 53,000.

The vendor noted that its 5G NSA has enabled network coverage on bridges, ferries, and fishing boats up to 100 km out to sea, plus deep subsea tunnels.

“Today, as we usher in the era of 5G across the Faroe Islands, we celebrate more than just connectivity," said Símun Skaalum, managing director at Faroese Telecom.

"We embrace digital inclusion, ensuring that every resident, from the windswept cliffs to the hidden coves, has equal access to the transformative power of technology. Our partnership with Ericsson has transcended mere infrastructure; it’s about bridging gaps, both geographical and digital.”

It is hoped 5G can support Faroe Island's sustainability and tourism goals, through the use of IoT and AI technologies, while also helping the country's fishing and aquaculture industry, which accounts for close to 95 percent of the country's total export value.

Faroese Telecom is using Ericsson 5G RAN products including the Ericsson radio system portfolio that covers massive MIMO and Ericsson Antenna System.

Last year, the two companies claimed a European 5G mmWave downlink speed record after live networking tests reported speeds of up to 5.9Gbps, using 5G millimeter wave, or mmWave, spectrum.