State-owned TELE Greenland, the country’s sole telecom provider, has revealed that the company will launch its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for personal or tablet computer users on 1 December 2013 in the capital Nuuk. According to a company press release, the new service, dubbed Mobile Broadband Premium, will offer downlink/uplink of 20Mbps/5Mbps and will be priced at DKK999 (USD182.29) per month for 20GB of traffic allowance. Further, the LTE network will not be initially available to mobile handsets users, pending agreements with handset suppliers. The company, however, revealed that mobile traffic will be migrated to the LTE network in 2014, when 4G services will also be introduced to other locations throughout Greenland.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2013 TELE Greenland entered into partnership with telecoms equipment provider Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to roll out a 4G LTE network in the capital Nuuk. 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.