EMT Achieves 95% Territory Coverage with 4G Network
TeliaSonera’s Estonia subsidiary Eesti Mobiiltelefon (EMT) has expanded its 4G network to cover around 95% of the country’s territory, the Swedish group has confirmed. On the back of acquiring spectrum in the 800MHz band via a beauty contest conducted by the Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority (ETSA) in May 2013, EMT outlined plans to use the frequencies to boost its 4G population coverage level to 95% by mid-June 2013. This target date was some six months ahead of its initial schedule, with the operator having previously said in March 2013 that it intended to achieve the aforementioned coverage level by the end of the year.
In announcing the milestone, Tommy Ljunggren, Head of System Development at TeliaSonera Mobility Services, said: ‘Without the spectrum in 800MHz it would take years to cover the 95% of the land area. By securing the 800MHz spectrum, we were able to do it in two weeks.’