Finnish cellco DNA Finland has announced that it expects to offer what it terms ‘4G speeds’ in some 130 municipalities across the country, representing as much as half of the Finnish population, by the end of 2011. The operator said it is achieving the higher downlink speeds via the deployment of two technologies, those being dual carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).
Currently both DC-HSPA+ and LTE have been deployed in the business areas of the cities of Turku and Tampere, the city of Hameenlinna, as well as in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, with the former having been first introduced back in the spring of this year. DNA also notes that ‘extensive’ LTE coverage has been achieved in these areas, and it says coverage is expected to extend to cover the entirety of the four cites during early 2012. DC-HSPA+ coverage meanwhile is expected to be extended to locations including Lappeenranta, Seinajoki, Savonlinna, Kajaani, Hameenlinna, Kotka, Kouvola, Hamina, Rovaniemi, Vaasa, Oulu, Kuopio and Joensuu. Lahti and Pori, the mobile network operator says, already have ‘strong DC-HSPA+’ coverage.