Denmark has now caught up with other Nordic states following the launch of commercial LTE services. The network is being provided by TeliaSonera and this becomes the fourth country where the operator is now offering LTE mobile services.
Commenting on the launch, Jesper Brøckner Nielsen, head of TeliaSonera's mobility services unit in Denmark, said: "We have launched 4G in the largest Danish cities where there is a high demand for fast mobile broadband services. We have an aggressive rollout plan for 4G and expect to cover 75 per cent of the population during 2011."
The company said that LTE is now available in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg and would be priced according to download speed and data caps.
TeliaSonera has designed two tariff plans seemingly aimed at consumers--for speeds up to 80Mbps (in reality the company predicts download speeds of between 10Mbps and 40Mbps) with a data cap of 30GB the user will be charged €54 per month. For speeds of between 10Mbps and 20Mbps with a 20GB data cap the charge will be €41 per month. An LTE modem will cost an additional €68.
TeliaSonera also confirmed that NSN would be providing the radio network for the LTE rollout phase in Denmark, while Ericsson has been contracted to supply the operator's core network in its Nordic and Baltic markets. LTE modems are being made available by Samsung.
The main competition to TeliaSonera's Danish LTE business will come from TDC, which started trials of the technology in May 2010, although it has yet to announce a commercial launch date having previously indicated it would go live in June 2010.
However, the company is said to be currently building its LTE network to provide coverage to six Danish cities, claiming that this would provide around a third of the country's population with access to LTE services from the date of launch.
- see this Total Telecom article
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