TeliaSonera Sweden (Telia) has announced that more than six million people, or around two-thirds of the population, will be covered by its HSDPA network by ‘summer 2008’. The cellco is in the process of expanding existing coverage in major cities including Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo, to around 20 ski resorts, including Are, Salen, Idre and Tarnaby, by the end of this year. First launched on a trial basis in Stockholm and Gothenburg in April, the ‘Turbo 3G’ 3.5G service is scheduled for a full commercial launch on 23 November, when Telia has announced that it will provide unlimited HSDPA internet surfing at download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps at no extra cost for subscribers to a twelve-month flat-rate Telia Mobile Broadband contract, which also includes W-CDMA/EDGE/Wi-Fi internet access, costing SEK199 (USD31.50) per month. Turbo 3G will be ‘free’ for Telia Mobile Broadband customers for the entirety of 2008, provided they sign up before the end of this year. Other users will presumably be charged extra for using the new faster data service.
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