4G turns 5 years - and outgrows 3G

On 14 December 2009, TeliaSonera launched the world’s first 4G networks in Stockholm and Oslo. Five years down the line customers have embraced 4G and in Sweden, Norway and Denmark 4G mobile data traffic now accounts for more than half of all mobile data traffic.

It’s been five years since the 4G world premiere. Following a fairly slow start, 4G is gradually turning into customers’ favourite mobile data network.

- Since the launch in Sweden and Norway in 2009, we have added 10 more markets to our 4G footprint. Customer usage varies across markets but we are now seeing a real breakthrough in some of the more mature markets, says Allan Kock, Director, Radio Networks, TeliaSonera.

Just before the fifth anniversary, 4G mobile data traffic outgrew 3G and now accounts for more than 50% of total mobile traffic in Sweden (57%), Norway (55%) and Denmark (54%).

 - It’s great to see that our customers are increasingly choosing 4G for their favourite apps and communications services. The sharp rise in usage can be explained by a combination of increasingly better coverage, the availability of 4G enabled handsets and devices, good offerings and pricing, and content heavy services and applications. With the introduction of even more devices, apps and services, we expect 4G to really rocket in the coming years, says Allan Kock.