TeliaSonera launches 4G LTE in Finland

TeliaSonera has launched the first commercial 4G services in Finland. The services will be offered to customers in Turku and Helsinki. The 4G network is used for super-fast mobile data transmission with a laptop and a 4G modem. The next generation mobile network offers mobile broadband enabling high capacity services such as video, interactive tv and professional and business services.

Besides Finland’s first 4G networks in Turku, the services start with initial 4G coverage in the business centre area north of Helsinki. The network operates in the 2.6 GHz frequency band.

“4G services will expand significantly in Helsinki as soon as there are modems available for both frequencies. We are focusing on building 4G in the 1.8 GHz frequency, because this way we can build wider coverage for our customers’ benefit,“ says Marek Hintze, Head of TeliaSonera’s Mobility Services in Finland.

The price for Sonera’s 4G service “Sonera Full Net 4G” is €46/month, including a 4G modem that supports also 3G and 2G.

4G offers fast mobile broadband service in the mobile network. 4G is based on the mobile LTE standard. The theoretical maximum speed of 4G is 100 Mbit/s. In normal circumstances, the speed is 20-80 Mbit/s. In Finland, 4G can be built on two frequencies, 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz. In the first phase, only modems for the 2.6 GHz are available. Multi-mode modems for both 4G frequencies are expected on the market during next spring.

TeliaSonera has not yet decided suppliers for the national 4G network rollout in Finland. The initial radio network 4G is supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks in Turku and in Helsinki by Ericsson. Ericsson supplies TeliaSonera’s 4G core network in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The 4G modems that Sonera uses in Finland are supplied by Samsung. It is a USB dongle supporting 4G/3G/2G.

In Finland, TeliaSonera’s services are market under the Sonera brand. You can learn more at www.teliasonera.com/4G
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