Ericsson introduces world’s first commercial 4G site


ericsson_ceo.jpgEricsson and TeliaSonera have jointly unveiled the world’s first next-generation (4G) commercial Long-Term Evolution (LTE) site in Stockholm, Sweden.

The LTE technology used in this implementation offers ultra-high data speeds, needed for services such as internet TV, mobile video blogging, on-line video games and the mobile office environment.

The site is part of a commercial network that will go live in 2010, bringing data rates far above what is possible in today’s mobile broadband networks.

Says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson: “The unveiling of this site shows that LTE is no longer the story of the future; it is the story of today. Ericsson, as a leader in LTE development, is proud to work with TeliaSonera to bring a commercial LTE network to life.”

Erik Hallberg, Senior Vice President and Head of TeliaSonera Mobility Services in Sweden, says: “Being at the forefront of broadband evolution means our customers will be the first to benefit from this groundbreaking technology. This first LTE site is a key step towards further enhancing Sweden’s fastest mobile broadband network.”

LTE enables unprecedented performance in terms of peak data rates, spectrum efficiency and delay. Ericsson has already demonstrated peak rates of 160Mbps, and can be deployed both in new and existing frequency bands.

— Charl Lombard