TeliaSonera 3G network reaches 40% of the population

3 Nov 2006

TeliaSonera Finland says it has expanded its W-CDMA network to ten new towns, taking its 3G coverage to 40% of the population. The new regions recently added to the network are: Imatra, Kajaani, Kemi, Kokkola, Kouvola, Lohja, Porvoo, Rauma, Riihimäki and Valkeakoski.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, TeliaSonera Finalnd switched on its W-CMDA network on 1 January 2002 to comply with the terms of its licence, but with 3G handsets unavailable and tests of the services still being carried out, subscribers were not actually accepted onto the system until December 2003, when 1,000 trial users at 30 companies in 18 cities began using it. A full commercial service was eventually launched in 20 cities in October 2004. In March 2006 it expanded its portfolio with the launch of its first video calling and mobile TV for 3G subscribers.

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