Chinese hardware vendor Huawei TeliaSonera’s Norwegian mobile arm Netcom have announced what they claim is the world’s first mobile broadband internet connection on a live commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Oslo. The demonstration saw a connection established between a laptop PC with a ‘4G’ modem and a public intranet, with the computer downloading photos, music, movies and mobile business applications. Commenting on the trials August Baumann, Netcom’s president, said: ‘We appreciate the professional implementation from Huawei and we are very pleased to make this world’s first LTE session in Norway. It is a significant step bringing our customers much closer to real fourth generation mobile broadband service.’
The tests come after the two companies announced a deal in January 2009 relating to LTE services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TeliaSonera said it had contracted Huawei to provide a commercial LTE network in Oslo, and the vendor will provide an end-to-end LTE solution, including base stations, core network and operating support system. Huawei will also provide services including network design, implementation, systems integration and support.