Tele2 and Telenor debut LTE in competitive first


Sweden is the first market with competing 4G LTE offers from network operators, as Tele2 and Telenor go head-to-head with global market original Telia Sonera

Swedish network operators Tele2 and Telenor have launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) services through their joint network venture Net4Mobility, initially in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Karlskrona.

Infrastructure kit has been provided by Chinese firm Huawei, which also supplied Telia Sonera’s network in Oslo, Norway.

They join country rival Telia Sonera in offering LTE services to Swedish customers. Telia Sonera debuted LTE in late 2009. Sweden is the first market with competing LTE offers.

Tele2 and Telenor expect to offer download speeds of 20Mbps-40Mbps in the four cities. Both are offering a dual-mode 3G/LTE USB dongle.

Tele2 is charging 499 Kronor (£45) per month and Telenor is charging 549 Kronor (£50) per month for their services, undercutting Telia Sonera by 100 and 50 Kronor respectively.

Tele2 expects to cover 99 per cent of the Swedish population by the end of 2012.