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TeliaSonera launches LTE in Denmark

10 декабря 2010

Denmark became the fourth country in TeliaSonera's footprint to get commercial LTE mobile services.

TeliaSonera has launched commercial LTE services, which it refers to as 4G, in four major cities in Denmark, becoming the first operator in the country to offer LTE.

"We launch 4G in the largest Danish cities, where there is a high demand for fast mobile broadband services," said Jesper Brøckner Nielsen, head of TeliaSonera's Mobility Services unit in Denmark, in a statement.

"We have an aggressive rollout plan for 4G and expect to cover 75% of the population during 2011," Nielsen added.

At launch, services will be available in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. Consumer services will be priced at 399 kroner (€54) per month, giving users speeds of up to 80 Mbps – in reality TeliaSonera predicts speeds of 10 Mbps-40 Mbps – and a data cap of 30 GB. There is also a lower cost version for 299 kroner (€41) per month, with speeds of 10 Mbps-20 Mbps and a 20-GB data cap. LTE modems are priced at 499 kroner (€68).

TeliaSonera has stolen a march on rival player TDC, which inaugurated a trial network in May and plans to launch commercially early in 2011. The company has not yet specified a launch date, but has committed to offering services in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Esbjerg and Kolding from the outset.

"TDC is just now rolling out 4G network in six of the country's largest cities. This means that one third of all Danes are covered by TDC's 4G network from day one," said Jess Ibsen, chief technology officer of TDC group last month.

"The rollout of 4G network is now so well advanced that TDC has decided to continue and develop cooperation with Ericsson as 4G supplier," he added.

Meanwhile, Thursday's announcement means TeliaSonera now has LTE services up and running in four countries. It became the first in the world to launch when it brought services to market in Stockholm and Oslo in December 2009. And it added services in Finland in late November this year.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing the radio network for the rollout phase in Denmark, while Ericsson is supplying the operator's core network in its Nordic and Baltic markets. LTE dongles are supplied by Samsung.

Источник: Total Telecom

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