TeliaSonera signs first 4G modem contract with Samsung – First in the world with next generation’s mobile broadband

TeliaSonera has secured delivery of data modems for the 4G commercial launch in Sweden and Norway in 2010. The contract with Samsung for 4G modems brings TeliaSonera one major step towards 4G, the next generation’s mobile broadband, offering customers up to ten times higher speed than today.

The world’s first contract for deliveries of 4G modems to be used by end customers has been signed between TeliaSonera and Samsung. TeliaSonera’s goal is to be the first operator in the world to launch 4G on a commercial basis.

“The 4G modems from Samsung will play a very important role in our 4G launch in Sweden and Norway,” says Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera. “We look forward to sharing Samsung’s world leading mobile experience when offering our customers a whole new way of enjoying mobility services.”

Samsung will deliver mobile broadband modems for TeliaSonera’s commercial launch of 4G in Stockholm and Oslo in 2010. TeliaSonera and Samsung have teamed up to meet customers’ continuously increasing demands for high speed mobile broadband services and together they will acquire early market understanding from end users’ ways of using 4G.

- We are very pleased to work together with TeliaSonera. This is an historic step forward for today’s telecommunication industry. With TeliaSonera’s initiation of a 4G service we expect more consumers to enjoy advanced mobile broadband services much earlier than expected,” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Facts: The 4G modems will be USB dongles for laptops offering high speed mobile broadband. The 4G/LTE system is based on 3GPP standards.

Telephone press conference

Date: Today - Thursday October 22, 2009
Time: 10:30 (CET)

You can listen to a telephone press conference with Mr Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera and Dr. YunSang Park, Vice President at DMC R&D centre, Digital Media and Communications Business in Samsung Electronics. The telephone press conference will include a short introductory presentation by TeliaSonera and Samsung and be followed by a 30 minutes Q&A session. To ensure that you are connected to the telephone press conference, please dial in a few minutes before the start of the telephone press conference to register your attendance. The telephone press conference will be held in English.

Dial-in numbers: +44 (0)207 750 9950
+46 (0)8 566 363 29
Participants should quote: TeliaSonera

Replay of press conference
You can also listen to the conference call afterwards until Wednesday October 28, 2009.
Replay number: +46 (0)8 506 269 49, Access code: 237056#