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Dec 14 2009   1:26PM GMT

TeliaSonera’s commercial LTE launch: The industry is watching

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Whether there’s seasonal joy in Who-ville these days may be less important than whether there’s LTE joy in Scandinavia. There, operator TeliaSonera has launched the first commercial LTE service, and it will offer customers 20-to-80 Mbps download speeds. The service uses a dedicated LTE modem, so customers will need another to get on the 3G network when they’re outside the limited footprint in downtown Oslo and Stockholm.

Targeted at laptop users so far, TeliaSonera’s LTE seems likely to provide some important data points on migratory user behavior, and on voice and handset/smartphone importance to early service launches. Verizon’s service is expected to launch in the U.S. some time next year. Ericsson and Huawei are winners here, and the latter’s participation will certainly be watched as much as the service will.

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