All eyes on Elisa
Earlier this month Finnish operator Elisa launched the first UMTS-900 MHz network in Siuntio and Pertunmaa, Finland. The company plans to have 75 percent of Finland and 130 towns covered by the beginning of 2008, offering close to 2 Mbps speeds to its customers.
This is the first time UMTS has been offered in the 900 MHz band and the entire industry is closely eyeing Elisa's deployment, given that this frequency band is expected to offer better indoor coverage without additional costs. Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks are the vendors involved in the Elisa network. The initial handset is the Nokia 6121.
Deploying UMTS at 900 MHz is a hot topic in the industry and one that FierceWireless:Europe will be exploring on Dec. 12 at 14:00 GMT/9 a.m. EST when I host a webinar on the topic. I will be joined by Dr. Eetu Prieur, Head of Radio Networks at Elisa Corporation and Jake Saunders, Vice President, Asia-Pacific region at ABI Research. Isco International, which is sponsoring the Webinar, will also participate.
Please tune in to this Webinar. I'm looking forward to a lively discussion and lots of questions from the audience. Click here to register. -Sue