Our first look at the mobile network experience in Estonia reveals something of a two-horse race in the market. While Telia comfortably wins two out of seven award categories outright — Download Experience and Upload Speed Experience awards — Elisa and Telia jointly win the remaining categories , including Video Experience and Voice App Experience, where we saw three-way-ties with Tele2.
Estonia embarked on its 5G journey in late 2020 when Telia announced launch of 5G services in the country's three largest cities — Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. The operator went for dynamic spectrum sharing technology that uses its existing frequencies, as the government was facing legal challenges in auctioning spectrum licenses in the 3.5 GHz band, which are suitable for 5G. Since then the operator has claimed to have rolled out commercial 5G network across 77 locations in 14 main cities.
However, very recently, the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (Tarbijakaitse ja Tehnilise Järelevalve Amet, TTJA) has confirmed that the auction in the 3410MHz-3800MHz range is expected to take place this year, which will pave the way for the wider expansion of 5G services in the country.
And as Estonia's operators prepare to participate in the much-awaited auction this report acts as a benchmark of the country's mobile network experience before the widespread deployment of 5G. In this report, we've analyzed the overall mobile network experience on Estonia's three national operators — Elisa, Tele2 and Telia, over 90 days starting on November 1, 2021, and ending on January 29, 2022. 5G measurements contribute to the overall results.