State-owned TELE Greenland, the country’s sole telecom provider, has entered into partnership with telecoms equipment provider Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to roll out a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the capital Nuuk by the end of 2013. According to a press release, the 4G network will operate in the 800MHz frequency band, and the company’s outlook is to extend the network to other cities throughout 2014. TELE Greenland’s product manager John Siegstad commented: ‘800MHz provides optimal coverage in Greenland, as it goes over great distances and is not weakened by the hilly terrain, thus it is a suitable choice for our ambition to ensure maximum coverage. In addition, the signal penetrates well into modern buildings, while the higher frequencies may have a harder time achieving good signal quality in houses that are made of concrete.’
TELE Greenland also announced its plans to improve the company’s existing 3G infrastructure, with the 2G base station on the island of Storo in central Nuukfjord, serving the capital and the surrounding area, already upgraded to 3G. The company’s technical director Kim Schwartz though said that in order to carry out the upgrade, the existing GSM transmitter had to be dismantled, as the simultaneous operation of both 2G and 3G networks would lead to increased maintenance costs and higher power consumption. As a result, the 3G grid is the only network currently available in Nuuk area. The antenna in the town of Kapisillit, situated in the Sermersooq municipality in southwestern Greenland, will also be replaced in order to improve the coverage in the area.