TeliaSonera: Faster is better

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Dec 13, 2013 (4 years and 19 days ago)

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TeliaSonera: Faster is better

K
ey words:

LTE, TeliaSonera, multimode terminals, speed, traffic, pricing

A
bstract:

To cope with the dramatic growth of network traffic and usage, Scandinavian operator
TelisSonera launched, as the first in the world, LTE commercially in Oslo and Stockholm,
and adopted value
-
based pricing. Its LTE network has achieved higher speeds and lo
wer
latency over the HSPA network
, thus helping to promote the industry.

C
hallenges & o
pport
unities



Mobile data traffic at least doubles every year in the Nordic countries
.



M
obile broadband takes a large chunk of the traffic
, with m
ore and more of usage
coming from smartphones

and M2M.

S
olutions



C
ommercially launched the world’s
first LTE network
.



A
dopted value
-
based pricing and reused most of

its sites
for its LTE launch
,
allowing for the
flexible
addition of LTE capabilities
.

B
enefits



H
igh speeds and
low latency
; costly hardware/software upgrades not required all
the time;



F
ree of
the hassle of l
aunching 2G and UMTS
.

Dramatic growth of network traffic and usage

Mobile data traffic at least doubles every year in the Nordic countries.

According to
the Europe Digital Competitiveness Report by European Commission dated May 2010,
Sweden, Norway, and Denmark rank among the top three countries in the percentage of
population using mobile phones via UMTS to access the Internet and the percent
age of


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population using laptops via wireless to access the Internet. TeliaSonera believes this is
good business and a good place to be.

As already shown by the GSMA, mobile broadband takes a large chunk of the traffic,
though its number of users is smaller

when compared with smartphones.

Actually a usage shif
t has been seen:
m
ore and more of usage coming from
smartphones, with usage patterns different from laptop users. Meanwhile,
ma
chine
-
to
-
machin
e,
tak
ing

off in a big way
,
offers a massive opportunity for

oper
ator to
offer good solutions for corporate user
s

profitably
.
LTE

has come as a solution that can

deliver the quality that corporate users

as well as private users

are looking for
.

First in the world with LTE

In December 2009, TeliaSonera commercially
launched the world’s first LTE network
in Oslo and Stockholm at the same time on the same day offering the same type of user
experience.
A
nd it has worked hard to make multimode terminals to its LTE subscribers,
which is critical to the massive take
-
up of
LTE.

TeliaSonera has started extensive rollouts. In Sweden, it is offering LTE services in
five cities
.

By the end of 2011, 228 cities will have LTE.

TeliaSonera is at a heavy rollout stage in Norway, where all the major cities and some
recreation areas wi
ll be LTE
-
ready by the end of 2010.

While soft
-
launching LTE in Finland, Denmark and Uzbekistan, TeliaSonera has run
trial LTE connections in the Baltic countries, connecting to the Swedish and Norwegian
networks.

Value
-
based pricing

T
o make money out of L
TE, operators have to

be very careful about the business and
pricing

models they choose.
T
hey have to have some kind of cap


a monthly f
ee and a
defined speed
, but

should be able to add things when they want to
.

TeliaSonera,
has reused as
many a
s 70% of its sites
for its LTE launch
, allowing for
the addition of LTE capabilities to the existing UMTS network at no extra cost, especially


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in a SingleRAN environment.

Outstanding LTE performance

The advantages of LTE are clear. The average speeds on Te
liaSonera’s LTE network
are 40M
bps downlink and 35Mbps uplink.

As another key ingredient of LTE, low latency is
also significant. The fast uplink speeds and the low latency are what drive new
applications and new usage, which is best illustrated by the tel
ecast of the recent royal
wedding that was covered by the media in nearly real time.

LTE is not like HSPA that required costly hardware/software upgrades all the time.

Compared with the hassle of launching 2G and UMTS previously,

launching LTE was easy
.
By rolling out its LTE network, TeliaSonera is pushing the industry a bit.