Finnish telco Elisa has announced that it has inaugurated commercial services for corporate subscribers over its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country’s second largest city, Espoo. Having previously conducted trials over the new infrastructure in partnership with local vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), it is understood that the latter will become the first customers of the service at its Karaportti campus in the city. Commenting on the launch, Pasi Maenpaa, executive vice president of corporate customers for Elisa, noted: ‘Corporations [are moving] increasingly to virtual working where the office is everywhere with the user. Nokia Siemens Networks is a good example of a global enterprise that can benefit from the fast 4G network in Finland; its employees will, for example, be able to participate in an HD-level video conference with a mobile device or utilise Elisa’s cloud services outside the office.’
Elisa has, however, been beaten to the honour of inaugurating the country’s first commercial LTE network. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, rival TeliaSonera announced it started offering 4G services to customers in Turku and Helsinki last week, having previously soft-launched a pre-commercial network in the Turku municipality’s centre in June 2010.