TeliaSonera launches world’s first commercial LTE networks in Sweden and Norway

14 Dec 2009

Today TeliaSonera launched the world’s first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services in Stockholm and Oslo, over networks supplied by Ericsson and Huawei, respectively. Downtown Stockholm is now covered by the Ericsson LTE network, making it the largest LTE deployment to date, according to the Swedish vendor’s press release. TeliaSonera Sweden’s subscribers have access to the LTE service via Samsung LTE laptop dongles. Meanwhile, Huawei announced that TeliaSonera’s Norwegian subsidiary NetCom’s new Oslo network offers maximum speeds of up to 100Mbps, approximately ten times faster than existing 3G networks.

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, said of the Swedish launch: ‘The new era of mobile broadband has just begun today.’ Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera said: ‘We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services. Thanks to the successful cooperation with Ericsson we can offer 4G to our customers in Stockholm earlier than originally planned.’ LTE is designed for transferring very large packets of data efficiently, optimising the use of frequencies and realising speeds similar to fixed fibre access over the air. With decreased latency, consumers can access applications such as online high definition (HD) video and networked games whilst on the move. Ericsson has provided TeliaSonera Sweden with an LTE system (4G), including LTE radio base stations, which are part of the new RBS6000 series, an Evolved Packet Core network, a mobile backhaul solution including SmartEdge 1200 routers, the latest EDA multi-access aggregation switch and an operation and management system. The LTE system is based on 3GPP standards for LTE radio technology and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) technology.

In Huawei’s press release, it says it delivered both network infrastructures and services to TeliaSonera ahead of schedule, including access network, core network, operation support system, and network planning and optimisation. The Chinese vendor implemented its fourth-generation base stations and System Architecture Evolution (SAE) solution to ensure the stability of the network and enable fast deployment. Yu Chengdong, President of Huawei Europe, said: ‘In partnership with TeliaSonera, Huawei began this journey eleven months ago to introduce the world’s most advanced mobile broadband technology to the residents of Oslo. This milestone reflects Huawei’s unwavering commitment towards accelerating the commercialisation of LTE/SAE solutions. Operators such as TeliaSonera are now able to fully realise economic benefits from the many new applications that can only be made possible with ultra broadband services.’