Sonera introduces 3G services in the 900 MHz frequency

Sonera continues its accelerated turbo 3G build-out program by introducing mobile broadband services in the 900 MHz frequency. Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei are the network vendors for the 3G expansion program in the following years.

“Our customers expect the traditional Sonera network quality where ever they are. By investing in the latest technology we can offer mobile broadband to a growing number of customers in a cost-efficient way”, says Esa Rautalinko, CEO of TeliaSonera Finland.

A significant part of the turbo 3G extension will be based on the 900 MHz frequency. In a lower-frequency network, an individual base station serves a larger coverage area, which makes it possible to extend geographical network coverage in an economic way.

”Besides the right timing, the choice of partners is a critical decision. The challenges are great, because we are not only rolling out 3G, but also supporting the fixed-mobile migration in the most rural areas and building a foundation for the evolution to 4G”, Rautalinko continues.

In 2009, Sonera will introduce its turbo 3G network in more than 100 new towns and localities, adding up to a total of 350 localities. More than 1,000 new base stations will be introduced. The company will continue its build-out programme in 2010 and 2011 depending on the market situation and service demand.


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