Thursday, July 7, 2011

Telenor Deploys LTE in Svalbard -- the Northernmost 4G

Telenor Norway is launching the world's northernmost LTE site on Svalbard, an archipelago located at 78°13'N in the Arctic Circle.

The unique LTE site, which uses Huawei's industry-leading SingleRAN LTE solution, is deployed in Longyearbyen, Svalbard's largest settlement and the world's most northerly town. The equipment will have to endure extreme cold in winter, when the temperature plummets to 50 degrees below zero.

The companies noted that built the first telegraph tower on these islands one hundred years ago.

Mr. Harald Norvik, chairman of the board of Telenor Group, said, "Svalbard has changed radically in recent years, and we have continually improved the communications options for the local populace. The launch of this advanced LTE network marks the next step in our evolution."