Who are you and how did you become interested in technology?
I am Research Manager at Telenor ASA and lead research in the next generation of technology with a focus on 5G and security. I became interested in the technology studies at NTH / NTNU and from the technology-oriented work I have had. Statoil R&D, FAST and Telenor.
What is the most important thing you do at work?
The most important thing we do in the research part of Telenor is to stay up to date and try to understand the possibilities and limitations that come with new technology.
What do you focus on in technology?
For the last 6-7 years, my focus has been on better understanding 5G both in terms of technology and how 5G will affect society. 5G will contribute to the digitalisation of society.
Why is it exciting?
For me, 5G is exciting both because the technology itself is advanced and challenging to understand and because 5G offers society many new opportunities.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
The extent to which mobile operators, alone or in combination with others, will be able to deliver 5G is for me an exciting topic and controversial in the sense that new players can become some future 5G solutions or deliver the 5G solutions without us mobile operators.
Your own relevant projects last year?
The most relevant project is 5G-VINNI. The project will show that the performance requirements set for 5G can be met and demonstrate how 5G can deliver solutions to selected industries.
Your other favorite examples of your type of technology internationally and nationally?
In 2018, we saw some 5G tests and small pilots. In 2019, we will see larger pilots in selected areas. For Telenor in Norway, we have a pilot in Kongsberg who demonstrates broadband to the home and to companies, as well as communication that supports a self-driving bus.
What do you think is relevant knowledge for the future?
In most future solutions, data handling will be an important component. Knowledge of storage, processing and analysis of data will therefore be relevant for the future.
What do we do uniquely well in Norway from this?
In Norway, we work well both in 5G and in artificial intelligence. The unique thing in Norway is perhaps that we are good at collaborating and have a relatively high level of trust when we enter into a collaboration.
A favorite future quote?
"If time travels is possible, where in the world are tourists from the future?" - S. Hawking
Main points from our conversation?
5G contributes to the digitalisation of society and will reinforce the trend we already see with everything connected to the web and data being used for efficiency and smart solutions.