TeliaSonera launches first commercial LTE networks

TeliaSonera claims first-mover advantage as it launches 4G LTE services in Oslo and Stockholm.

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TeliaSonera launches first commercial LTE networks TeliaSonera's 4G networks will open up a range of bandwidth-hungry applications for mobile internet users. (Getty Images)
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By  Roger Field Published  December 29, 2009

TeliaSonera, the leading telecom operator in Sweden and Finland, said it has become the first operator in the world to launch commercial 4G services using LTE technology.

The company, which launched 4G services for customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway said that the two networks will be used for mobile data including bandwidth-hungry applications such as IPTV, online gaming and web conferencing.

"The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic countries is exploding and customers need higher speeds and capacity. This is why we launch 4G services in both Stockholm and Oslo," said Kenneth Karlberg, president and head of mobility services.

He added that TeliaSonera will gain a significant advantage by being the first operator to launch an LTE network, particularly in terms of being able to use its experiences to help deploy networks in its other markets.

The Stockholm network was supplied by Ericsson, and the Oslo network was supplied by Huawei, while the modems at launch came from Samsung, TelioSonera said in a statement.

The operator added that evaluation of suppliers for its "common 4G core network and radio networks in the Nordic and Baltic countries" is in progress and vendors will be selected in early 2010.

TeliaSonera has three nationwide 4G/LTE licenses; in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The company is also working on the roll out of LTE networks in other large cities in Sweden and Norway.

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