4G services roll-out begins

TeliaSonera has launched commercial 4G services in Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway.

“We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services," said Kenneth Karlberg, president and head of mobility services at TeliaSonera. "The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic countries is exploding and customers need higher speeds and capacity."

4G services, enabled using LTE technology, should offer higher bandwidths than current 3G services.

“Being first out with new technology gives us unique experience that we can use on all our markets. We will continue the roll-out to offer our customers new communication services for the future," added Karlberg.

The two 4G networks will cover the centre of Stockholm and Oslo. The Stockholm  network is supplied by Ericsson. The Oslo network is supplied by Huawei. The first modems will come from Samsung. The company is still evaluating suppliers for common 4G core and radio networks in the Nordic and Baltic countries and will decide early next year

Meanwhile Telefónica O2 UK has successfully carried out what it says is the first fully operational operator LTE trial in the UK, using Huawei equipment. During the trial, a cell peak downlink rate of 150Mbit/s was achieved in the Slough area, where O2 is headquartered.

Huawei's equipment provides an All-IP, high-speed, low-latency and highly spectrum-efficient mobile network.

Derek McManus, CTO of O2 UK, said: "We are pleased to collaborate with Huawei on this LTE trial, which will allow us to better understand this emerging technology and prepare us in offering our customers next generation mobile broadband services in the future.”

Pablo Chen, Huawei's account manager for Telefónica O2, said: “These trials will give an excellent reference to Telefónica O2 for the evaluation of LTE technology.”

Huawei has already deployed 25 LTE/SAE networks with tier-one operators in Europe, North Amercia, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

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