Ericsson and TeliaSonera today announced the signing of a commercial LTE (long term evolution) network. The roll-out of the 4G mobile broadband network will offer the highest data rates ever realized, with the best interactivity and quality. This network will cover Sweden's capital Stockholm and the contract is Ericsson's first for commercial deployment of LTE.
Ericsson and TeliaSonera have started the roll-out in Stockholm, Sweden for commercial launch 2010. Ericsson will perform network implementation services and will manage the network during the initial operation period. The agreement also includes a long-standing partnership where both parties will jointly evolve the way consumers use mobile broadband with LTE.
Ericsson provides TeliaSonera with an LTE system (4G), including LTE Radio Base stations, which are part of the new RBS6000 series, an Evolved Packet Core network and mobile backhaul solution including Redback's SmartEdge 1200 routers and the latest EDA multi-access aggregation switch. The LTE system is based on 3GPP standards for Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology and System Architecture Evolution (SAE) core technology.
LTE is a continued evolution of GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA (i.e. 2G and 3G) mobile networks and is an integrated part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering. Ericsson offers high capacity radio access (LTE), high capacity EDA multi-access edge routers, evolved packet core networks (SAE), multimedia communication with IMS and high-capacity, low-cost carrier Ethernet transport. Through its work in standardization bodies and its own development, Ericsson is also a strong player in the large ecosystem of mobile broadband enabled devices.
“Our customers are among the world's most advanced users of telecommunications services. With 4G, we will provide them with the best mobile broadband capabilities they can get. We have chosen Ericsson as our partner because of its impressive track record in mobile technology, strong focus on LTE development and early deployment capabilities,” said Erik Hallberg, senior vice president and head of mobility services Sweden at TeliaSonera.