TeliaSonera selected Huawei and Ericsson to provide network equipment for its Norwegian network rollout.
The Scandinavian operator is planning to deploy a new combined 2G/3G/4G network across Norway, with Ericsson taking responsibility for rolling out the infrastructure in northern parts of the country and Huawei handling the southern parts of Norway. Ericsson will deploy its multi-standard RBS 6000 base stations and Huawei will deliver its [email protected] solution.
TeliaSonera launched commercial LTE service in December 2009. The operator had picked Ericsson and NSN for its LTE rollout in Norway and Sweden in January 2010, but it now appears that in Norway at least, Ericsson and Huawei are TeliaSonera's major suppliers.
Claes Nycander, TeliaSonera's CTO of mobility services, stated that the company expected that by 2012 around 95 per cent of the Norwegian population would have access to 3G services, with 89 per cent being in an LTE coverage area. No financial details of the three-year contract or rollout target data were announced.
"We are building a new, world class mobile network in Norway with 2G, 3G and 4G access to offer our customers a major coverage and speed improvement. We have selected Huawei and Ericsson to deliver the network based on their high quality technology and competitive total solutions," Nycander stated in a press release.
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