TeliaSonera extends its overall wireless broadband and mobile data services in Norway - launching NextGenTel HomeRun

TeliaSonera´s Norwegian subsidiary NextGenTel is now able to provide customers on the move with access to more than 1,000 wireless zones (WLAN/WiFi) throughout the Nordic region. The number of user locations available in Norway will increase considerably in the future and TeliaSonera is planning to facilitate access to the Internet at a large number of strategically placed locations in Norway during the course of the next 18 months. Access is currently available at airports such as Gardermoen and Flesland, as well as at hotels, conference centres and traffic hubs in Norway and the rest of the Nordic region.

“It is our express ambition to provide our customers with good-capacity Internet access anywhere and at any time, irrespective of the technology used”, says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Norway, Denmark, the Baltic countries and Spain. “Our Norwegian customers will automatically be able to obtain access to the best capacity, regardless of whether or not the technology used is EDGE, 3G, ADSL, WLAN or, in the long-term, WiMax as well. This paves the way for new, exciting mobile and broadband product launches, based in particular on the convergence that is currently taking place in respect of IP-based products.”

“During the first stage, NextGenTel’s broadband subscribers will have access to more than 1,000 wireless HomeRun zones throughout the Nordic region”, says NextGenTel’s Managing Director Olav Stokke. “Theese zones have been established by TeliaSonera, and based on our established powerful national networks, NextGenTel will now be conducive in effecting a substantial increase in the area covered, especially in large towns where people are on the move. It is exciting to see that TeliaSonera is now also acquiring a firmer grip on the development of wireless broadband and mobile data services in Norway, and is thus making a substantial contribution towards enabling all our customers to use mobile and nomadic broadband. TeliaSonera is therefore emerging as an even more exciting player in the market and is thus also consolidating its position as the most important alternative on the Norwegian telecoms market.”

“In return for a fixed monthly fee of NOK 199 per user, NextGenTel’s broadband customers will be provided with unrestricted Internet access at all HomeRun hotspots throughout the Nordic region,” says Marketing Director Morten Ågnes at NextGenTel. “This is particularly relevant in the corporate market and for travellers needing to get online.”

Please refer to for a description of the service, coverage and placing orders. Existing customers can order and activate this service immediately, and once it has been activated they can use their usual user name and password. Customers without a NextGenTel broadband link can order the service straight away at a cost of NOK 399 per user per month. Outside the Nordic region, and also in just a few zones run by our partners, separate rates and invoicing per minute apply.

About NextGenTel

NextGenTel is a “next generation telecommunications company”. Since it was formed in March 2000, NextGenTel has undeniably become the second largest broadband operator and the most important alternative to Telenor when customers decide to obtain broadband. By building its own network, with xDSL-based broadband access to companies, municipalities and private homes, the company has been able to develop advanced and innovative broadband solutions at competitive prices. NextGenTel has a total of approx. 200 employees at its offices in Bergen (head office), Oslo, Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand. NextGenTel is a wholly owned subsidiary of TeliaSonera AB, the leading communications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. TeliaSonera also owns NetCom and Chess in Norway.

Forward-Looking Statements

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