Tele2 Sweden and the Swedish unit of Norway’s Telenor today announced that their joint wireless infrastructure venture, Net4Mobility, has contracted Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies to supply and deploy network equipment and modems for the launch of so-called ‘4G’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services across the country, aiming for commercial launch in 2010. The cellcos’ joint goal is that 99% of the Swedish population will be able to access the LTE network before the end of 2013, starting with densely populated areas. The deployment will also include increasing the number of base stations for 2G GSM voice traffic by 30%-50%, with enhanced indoor and outdoor coverage across the country as a result. Earlier this month rival TeliaSonera Sweden launched commercial LTE data services in Stockholm.
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