TeliaSonera signs deals with Ericsson, Huawei for new network rollout

11 Jan 2011

Scandinavian telecoms outfit TeliaSonera has revealed that it has inked a deal with hardware vendors Ericsson and Huawei that will see the two play a role in the deployment of a new combined 2G/3G/4G network in Norway. It is understood that Ericsson will take responsibility for rolling out the new infrastructure in southern parts of the country, while Huawei will take charge of the northern section. No financial details of the contracts have been disclosed. Commenting on the development plans, Claes Nycander, CTO of mobility services at TeliaSonera, noted: ‘We are building a new, world class mobile network in Norway with 2G, 3G and 4G access to offer our customers a major coverage and speed improvement. We have selected Huawei and Ericsson to deliver the network based on their high quality technology and competitive total solutions.’ The executive also noted that expectations are that in 2012 around 95% of the Norwegian population will have access to 3G services, while at that same date 89% of the country’s inhabitants will be in a 4G coverage area.