Alcatel-Lucent has been contracted to deploy 4G LTE and IP networking solutions throughout Scandinavia for AINMT Holdings, the parent of wireless broadband network operators Ice.net (Norway) and Net 1 (Sweden and Denmark). The contract includes the rollout of complete nationwide LTE mobile broadband access networks – among the world’s first in the 450MHz spectrum band – across all three countries. The AINMT-owned trio currently provide mobile broadband connectivity to consumers as well as providing mission-critical communications to corporate/public sector clients such as police forces, ambulances, coast guards and the Red Cross. Alca-Lu’s press release says that the new 4G LTE network will allow Ice.net/Net 1 to meet the growing demand for high speed, high-capacity data services in the region.
The network will be rolled out across Norway during 2015 as Alcatel-Lucent replaces an existing CDMA network (supplied by another vendor) with its 4G LTE solution. Alcatel-Lucent will also conduct trials of high-quality Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services with Ice.net in order to prepare for market launch. The press release also states that ‘services will later be expanded to the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands’ in Norway.
Alcatel-Lucent’s contract includes the supply of LTE Radio Access Network (RAN), Evolved Packet Core solution, plus IMS with VoLTE. The French-US firm will also provide solutions from its Motive portfolio, including operation support system (OSS) services such as installation, commissioning, network planning and maintenance.
The release did not give launch date windows for the commercial launch of the upcoming LTE networks in Denmark and Sweden.
JD Fouchard, CEO of AINMT Holdings said: ‘The rollout of LTE will further strengthen our proposition. We already offer the most comprehensive coverage and now the aim is to be able to enhance speed and capacity and launch mobile broadband services with the first LTE-only network in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. We are excited to also be able to address the smartphone segment in Norway with the most advanced technology.’
Eivind Helgaker, CEO of Ice.net (Norway) said: ‘We will be the first to launch a 4G LTE network in the 450MHz band and the first to launch an LTE-only network in the country. This LTE network in combination with 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz spectrum will bring high-bandwidth mobile data connections to consumers and businesses in Norway. We are pleased to leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s strengths in mobile broadband and IP networking as well as its key expertise in delivering mission critical support to enterprises, to meet all the needs of our customers as we increase speeds and capacity across the country.’