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Swedish LTE in 2010

5:30 AM -- Telia Company says it will roll out 4G mobile broadband standard long-term evolution (LTE) over its newly won 2.6GHz spectrum in Sweden. The operator plans to launch commercial services for consumers and businesses in 2010 and have 60 percent population coverage by 2011. (See TeliaSonera Gets 4G Spectrum and Swedish 4G.)

The 2010 timeline fits with Verizon Wireless and NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM)'s commercial launch plans. But it sounds like TeliaSonera's commercial LTE launch will be limited in 2010. The commercial rollout will be "gradual," and start in big cities, according to a spokeswoman. The operator has not yet started trialing the technology and has not yet selected a vendor. (See AT&T & Verizon to Use 700 MHz for 4G and DoCoMo Takes LTE to 250 Mbit/s.)

TeliaSonera can roll out LTE whenever and wherever it likes because its 4G license doesn't have any rollout obligations. Operators with the new 4G licenses in Sweden won't have to meet network coverage deadlines set by the regulator.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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