Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TeliaSonera Selects Ericsson and NSN for 4G/LTE

TeliaSonera, which is the first carrier in the world to launch commercial LTE service, announced that its common 4G/LTE core network will be delivered exclusively by Ericsson and the radio networks by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

On 14-December-2009, TeliaSonera launched 4G services to customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. TeliaSonera was also the first operator to make a live 4G connection in Finland.

TeliaSonera's current 4G networks cover the central city areas of Stockholm and Oslo. The 4G network roll-out will continue to Sweden's 25 largest municipalities and recreation areas and to Norway's four largest municipalities to offer communication services for the future.

In December, Ericsson confirmed that it had provided TeliaSonera with LTE Radio Base stations, an Evolved Packet Core network, a mobile backhaul solution including SmartEdge 1200 routers, the latest EDA multi-access aggregation switch and an Operation and Management System. Separately, Huawei stated that it had delivered both network infrastructure and services, including access network gear, core network equipment, operation support systems, and network planning and optimization.

However, TeliaSonera now says that Huawei will only finalize the 4G city network in Oslo.

Nokia Siemens Network now confirms that it has won a two-year agreement to provide LTE radio equipment, LTE network management systems, and LTE multi-vendor integration and care services to TeliaSonera. Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its Single RAN solution with its Flexi Multiradio base stations, as well as its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the network. The company will also provide multi-vendor integration and care services.

"The use of mobile broadband in the Nordic countries is exploding and customers need higher speeds and capacity. Both Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks have been able to provide high quality technology and competitive offers," says Lars Klasson, Senior Vice President and CTO, Mobility Services, TeliaSonera.