Swedish LTE in 2010
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