Net4Mobility, the 50/50 joint venture formed between Tele2 Sweden and Telenor Sweden, has released details of its LTE deployment plans that will include coverage of 100 cities in Sweden by the end of next year.
While this move will challenge TeliaSonera in the race to provide widespread LTE in Scandinavia, Net4Mobility has also revealed that it will boost the number of base stations for 2G voice services by 30-50 per cent to improve indoor and outdoor voice coverage across Sweden.
Net4Mobility said that it will launch LTE before the end of this year in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Karlskrona and Lund, and then increase this to provide coverage in 100 Swedish towns and cities by the end of 2011. The JV said that it planned to provide LTE access to 99 per cent of the Swedish population by 2013.
The company, which chose Huawei as the initial supplier for its LTE base stations, has also confirmed that it will be the first to launch Huawei's new triple mode LTE/W-CDMA/GSM modem.
TeliaSonera has already launched commercial LTE services in Stockholm and Visby, and plans to increase this to 25 locations in Sweden before the end of the year.
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