Norway’s largest cellco by subscribers, Telenor Norge, has announced the launch of what it claims is Europe’s ‘most modern’ mobile network. The operator has announced that it has upgraded more than 9,000 base stations located at 6,379 sites across the country, including Svalbard and oil installations in the North Sea. The updated infrastructure, Telenor claims, will allow for improved data traffic capacity, enabling it to offer its customers higher speeds, while it has also said that it expects to use the upgraded equipment to deploy Long Term Evolution-based (LTE-based) services in 2012. The cellco has noted that half of its base stations are now capable of offering downlink speeds of 14.4Mbps and 21Mbps. As part of the upgrade project Telenor said that approximately 1,250 tons of equipment was removed and has now either been recycled or destroyed, while it claims its new hardware will reduce the company’s energy consumption by around 15GWh per year.
Commenting on the development, CEO of Telenor Norge, Berit Svendsen, noted: ‘This new mobile network secures its users higher speeds and greater capacity when surfing on PCs, tablets or mobile phones … We have acknowledged the consequences of new user requirements. Last summer saw the implementation of, by far, the quickest and largest scale replacement of the mobile network for exactly this reason. We’ve expanded the network to ensure that customers throughout the country can enjoy superb coverage and the capacity required to make use of all the new services to come, even in the future.’