Sigurd Thunem, head of strategy and architecture at Norwegian telco Telenor, has revealed details regarding the operator’s radio network and its strategy as it prepares to introduce commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services, GSMA Mobile Business Briefing reports. With a view that the cost of infrastructure is continuing to decline, Telenor is aiming to construct a multi-layered single radio access network (RAN) and will undertake a project which will see it make one-for-one replacements of its existing equipment.
According to Mr Thunem, around 200 new cell sites are online across the country in the test phase of the project, and the speed of the programme is accelerating, with Telenor reportedly starting work on around 160 sites per week, with the aim of completing some 6,500 by the end of 2010. The executive also noted that Telenor is looking to create a multi-layered network with 2600MHz LTE base stations in those cities where data demand is very high, while UMTS-based services – operating over the 2100MHz band and LTE at 1800MHz – would support urban and semi-urban areas. Further, a national backbone network utilising GSM technology in the 900MHz band and LTE operating using 800MHz frequencies are expected to provide underlying coverage and service in rural areas.