TeliaSonera to test turbo 3G in Sweden

(3GSM World Congress, Barcelona) During the spring, TeliaSonera Sweden will be opening a new super-fast mobile broadband network for customers as part of its strategy to always offer them the best connectivity. In areas of Stockholm and Gothenburg, the mobile network is now being enhanced with new High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology, also called turbo 3G, which will give customers wireless connections to the Internet at speeds up to 3.6 Mbps.

Trials will begin during the second quarter of 2007 in areas of Stockholm and Gothenburg.

All of Telia’s customers in the test areas will be able to try the turbo 3G network if they have a mobile handset or portable computer that is HSPA-enabled.

“More and more people want to access the Internet from any location and they would prefer to connect as quickly as they do from home or the office. Our wireless broadband services are very popular today and we are noticing that our customers have a growing need for faster wireless broadband. We are constantly evaluating technologies that can give our customers the best added value and we can now see that HSPA will be an excellent complement to our existing mobile network, which is in line with our ambition to offer our customers the best network and connectivity,” says Håkan Dahlström, Head of Mobility Services Sweden in TeliaSonera.

With the new HSPA technology, it will be faster and easier for customers to connect wirelessly with their computer and surf, send messages and documents or download music, images and films. Today, TeliaSonera already offers speeds up to 384 Kbps in its mobile network in Sweden. TeliaSonera’s mobile network in Sweden is currently being built out and will cover 90 percent of the country’s land area by the end of 2008.