Data service users in Telia’s mobile network almost doubled during 2005 from just under 800,000 to approximately 1.4 million

February 15, 2006

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FARSTA, Sweden -- The number of data service users in Telia’s mobile network almost doubled during2005 from just under 800,000 to approximately 1.4 million. Data traffic increased by300 percent. In order to prepare for the future, Telia is now starting comprehensiveupgrades of its network.Business customers represent the largest portion of the traffic, but consumers’ use is risingsteadily. Telia already has today’s best mobile network for data traffic (GPRS) in Sweden.The capacity will be further improved so customers will easily be able to e-mail, listen tomusic and watch TV in their mobiles without interruption.

Mobile data services had its breakthrough last year among both businesses andconsumers. Our customers have seriously started to use mobile services and we are nowupgrading our mobile network in order to meet the increased demand, says Marie Ehrling,President for TeliaSonera Sweden.The upgrade of the mobile network will take place gradually throughout the country and isestimated to be completed in approximately one month.

PC cards increase
The percentage of traffic attributable to businesses comes increasingly from services such asTelia Connect, where the user has a PC card in their computer that provides wirelessconnection to the business’s intranet and the Internet. This type of traffic has increased in sixmonths from 20 to 30 percent of the total mobile data traffic. More customer-orientedmessaging services such as visual, audio and text messaging and newer services such asTV, news and weather are also increasingly driving data traffic.


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