TDC Denmark preps LTE for June launch

Following the example set by TeliaSonera in Sweden, Danish mobile network operator TDC says that it would deploy an LTE network within the next few months. However, this move is dependent upon TDC being successful in its acquisition of a licence from the government in the coming weeks.

The company said that it was confident of obtaining a licence, but would then run the network in a test mode prior to allowing subscriber access. The timing of the commercial launch was, according to a TDC exec, dependent upon LTE modems and handsets becoming available in reasonable volumes.

The service will initially be only offered in Copenhagen and Aarhus, with plans to continue the roll-out to the most densely populated areas in the rest of Denmark.

Interestingly, TDC said that subscribers should not initially expect download LTE speeds higher than 15Mbps. The company's existing HSPA network is being upgraded to 21Mbps by the end of next month, and then all major cities by the end of 2010.

Carsten Dilling, president of TDC operations & wholesale, said that LTE was one of the cornerstones of TDC's network strategy  "and its was therefore important that we start using the technology and gather experience as quickly as possible."

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