Source: GSMA Mobile Business Briefing
Sweden's TeliaSonera claimed a major PR coup in December 2009 by becoming the first operator in the world to switch on commercial LTE networks. The pan-Nordic operator went live with LTE in two of the largest Scandinavian cities: the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and Oslo, the capital of neighbouring Norway. In both cases the networks use 2.6GHz bandwidth that TeliaSonera acquired in recent auctions in the respective countries.
TeliaSonera intends to ramp-up rollout of LTE across several of its markets over the next few years. It has committed to expand the Swedish network into 25 cities across the country by 2010 and into a further four in Norway. It has also been awarded an LTE license in Finland (where an LTE pilot has already started) and plans to bid for similar spectrum in Denmark and in the Baltic region where it has subsidiaries in Estonia (EMT), Lithuania (Omnitel) and Latvia (LMT).