Telenor Launches LTE Services in Norway
Telenor has launched its LTE network in Norway, with coverage initially available in 11 cities and towns. More than one in three Norwegians will have 4G coverage from Telenor by the end of the year.
Telenor is launching its 4G network in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Lørenskog, Sandnes, Lillestrøm, Asker, Bærum, Lofthus in Hardanger and Longyearbyen.
By the end of the year Fredrikstad, Sarpsborg, Skien, Porsgrunn, Drammen and Kristiansand will have 4G coverage from Telenor. After this an extension programme will continue until the whole of Norway is covered. Tromsø will be covered in the first quarter of 2013.
“This marks the start of a new mobile fairy tale which all Norwegians will become part of. This year more than one in three Norwegians will have 4G-coverage from Telenor, but already in 2015 as many as nine in 10 will have 4G from Telenor,” says Berit Svendsen, CEO of Telenor Norway.
Only PC and tablet users will be able to receive Telenor-4G when it is launched, while mobile users will have it in good time for Christmas. “The timing is brilliant because 4G mobile phones are now being stocked by retailers,” Svendsen says.
Telenor is also extending its 3G-coverage at the same time, although the company did not elaborate on those plans.