Swedish-based TeliaSonera has chosen Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide radio networks for its ‘4G’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure rollouts across Sweden and Norway, whilst it has picked Ericsson as sole supplier for 4G common core networks in Sweden, Norway and, at a later date, the Baltic countries. By the end of 2010 TeliaSonera Sweden expects to offer its customers 4G coverage in the 25 largest municipalities in the country, whilst the group’s Norwegian subsidiary Netcom plans to do the same in Norway’s four largest cities. Last month TeliaSonera launched the world’s first commercial LTE mobile services in Stockholm and Oslo, over networks supplied by Ericsson and Huawei, respectively. Lars Klasson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Mobility Services at TeliaSonera, said: ‘The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic region is exploding and we offer 4G to meet the demand for high speed and capacity.’ Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with three other operators to date, namely Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and two US cellcos, Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS.
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