Happy Birthday, LTE!

2:00 PM World's first LTE network launched a year ago today

Michelle Donegan

December 14, 2010

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Happy Birthday, LTE!

2:00 PM -- It's a big day for mobile broadband today as Telia Company celebrated the one-year anniversary of its world's-first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) service launch.

Yes, one year ago today, the Swedish operator flipped the switch and turned on its next-generation mobile broadband network in Stockholm, as well as in Oslo, Norway. [Ed note: My how time flies!] Since then, the operator has launched LTE services in Denmark and Finland. In addition, TeliaSonera runs LTE pilot networks through subsidiaries in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan. (See TeliaSonera First to Go Live With LTE, TeliaSonera Launches LTE in Denmark, and TeliaSonera Launches 4G in Finland.)

TeliaSonera has found that its 4G customers use the faster network in a way that is different from other mobile data users. For example, about 23 percent of its 4G customers say they watch more online TV and 28 percent listen to more Web radio and music services like Spotify . Also, 46 percent say they surf the Web more often when away from home while 12 percent play more online games. (See MWC 2010: TeliaSonera's LTE Progress.)

For a review of TeliaSonera's LTE exploits during the last year, please see our coverage in these stories:

  • LTE Showdown in Sweden

  • Swedish LTE Challengers Wield Unlimited Offers

  • Road Testing LTE

  • TeliaSonera Limits P2P Over LTE

  • TeliaSonera Shares Verizon's LTE Tablet Desire

  • TeliaSonera Blazes LTE Trail of Tiers

  • TeliaSonera Develops New Mobile Data Model

  • TeliaSonera: LTE Handsets Early Next Year

  • TeliaSonera on LTE: Just Do It!

  • TeliaSonera Prices First LTE Offer

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.  

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