2 days ago, as the first operator in the world, TeliaSonera launches 4G services commercially to customers in Stockholm, Sweden, where it's headquarter is, and Oslo, Norway. “We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services. The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic countries is exploding and customers need higher speeds and capacity. This is why we launch 4G services in both Stockholm, and Oslo,“ says Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services.
4G/LTE will open up new possibilities for customers to use and enjoy services on their laptops, requiring high transmission speed and capacity, such as advanced web TV broadcasting, extensive online gaming and web conferences.
The two pioneering 4G city networks cover the central city areas of Stockholm and Oslo. 4G is the fastest mobile technology available on the market, with speeds up to 100 Mbps which is fourteen times higher than today’s turbo 3G known as HSDPA and HSUPA.
TeliaSonera has three nationwide 4G/LTE licenses; in Sweden, Norway and also recently in Finland. The network roll out is in progress to offer 4G to Sweden’s and Norway’s largest cities.
If and when will the mobile phones hardware be able to process data with such speeds is a whole other question of course, for none has been announced yet despite the competition between communication companies such as Samsung and Qualcomm in producing the first 4G chips, but that doesn't make the LTE technology any less of a significant achievement.
Experts expect the first 4G mobiles to be announced in the first half of 2010.
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