Alcatel-Lucent won what it says is one of the first 450MHz network rollout contracts in Scandinavia, agreeing a deal to deploy mobile broadband networks for AINMT Holdings.
The infrastructure vendor is set to deploy LTE and IP network products on AINMT's ice.net network in Norway, and Net 1 services in Sweden and Denmark. Alcatel-Lucent said the Norwegian network will be deployed through 2015, with its LTE infrastructure replacing a legacy CDMA network in the country.
Eivind Helgaker, CEO of Ice.net, said the 450MHz LTE network will be the first in that frequency in the country, as well as the market's first LTE-only network. The operator plans to use the 450MHz network alongside LTE in the 800MHz, 900MHz, and 1800MHz frequencies, Helgaker said.
Alcatel-Lucent is providing its LTE RAN, Evolved Packet Core, and voice over LTE (VoLTE)-compatible IMS for the network. The company will also handle VoLTE testing.
AINMT Holdings CEO JD Fouchard said the company is strengthening its position in Scandinavia by deploying LTE. "[T]he aim is to be able to enhance speed and capacity and launch mobile broadband services with the first LTE-only network in Norway, Sweden and Denmark."
The company's 450 MHz Norwegian network will also enable the company to "address the smartphone segment" in the country, Fouchard added.
Luis Martinez Amago, EMEA president at Alcatel-Lucent said the new LTE network will enable AINMT to "deliver even more compelling, and mission-critical services to its fast-growing base of business and government customers throughout Norway, and eventually to Scandinavia as a whole."
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