Double LTE whammy for TeliaSonera

With many mobile operators still considering their options with regard to LTE, Nordic operator TeliaSonera has shown its commitment to the technology by announcing not one, but two, LTE deployments in Sweden and Norway. The Swedish network, which will cover the capital Stockholm, is being provided by Ericsson; this is the Swedish vendor's first commercial LTE deployment contract. Rollout has already begun and commercial launch is planned for 2010. Ericsson will carry out network implementation services and will also manage the network during its initial operating period. TeliaSonera and Ericsson will work together to evaluate the way in which customers utilise the capabilities of the new technology.

TeliaSonera has also announced plans for an LTE network in the Norwegian capital Oslo. The contract for this deployment has been awarded to Chinese manufacturer Huawei who will be providing an end-to-end LTE solution including base stations, core network and OSS. As in Stockholm commercial launch is planned for 2010.

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