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Nokia Networks doubles speed in Sonera’s 4G network in Helsinki

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Nokia Networks doubles speed in Sonera’s 4G network in Helsinki

  • Data rates with up to 300 Mbps speeds on live LTE network in Helsinki
  • LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation on 1800 and 2600 MHz frequency bands

Espoo, Finland – 15 December 2014

Sonera, one of the leading mobile operators in Finland, has introduced extremely fast 300 Mbps download data speeds in certain areas* of Helsinki. The operator launched its commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network and is now able to provide higher network capacity, speed and performance.

LTE-A makes networks a lot faster

Carrier aggregation accelerates typical user data rates by more flexible radio resource selection in LTE-Advanced networks. Operators can create larger, virtual carrier bandwidths for services by combining separate spectrum bands. Nokia’s LTE-Advanced networks can deliver data to mobile devices at rates most people have never experienced on a residential broadband connection. Sonera now offers data speeds in Finland’s capital up to two times faster than previously possible with 4G LTE.

Key facts:

  • Downlink data rates of up to 300 Mbps are achieved by aggregating spectrum resources with a total bandwith of up to 40 MHz
  • 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency bands were used
  • Sonera business customers using Sonera Sopiva Pro or Real 4G Max subscriptions can now take advantage of the service
  • Sonera offers Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphones to use LTE-A and new devices are being added to the portfolio at the beginning of 2015
  • The agreement includes systems integration services and Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station

Kalev Reiljan, CTO,TeliaSonera Finland, said: “We want to offer the fastest possible data speeds to our customers. Over 60% of Finns use smartphones and generate more data traffic than customers using older devices. With LTE-Advanced we make sure our network can address these capacity changes now and in the future .”

Margus Hunt, customer team head, Nokia Networks, said: “Sonera’s customers will enjoy the higher speeds, just as top car speeds are of interest to drivers. An LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation network can be linked to a multi-lane highway, where adding more lanes allows more cars to travel from A to B. Nokia’s Carrier Aggregation software effectively does this both dynamically and flexibly in the network, selecting the best radio cells to be aggregated.”

Did you know?

Carrier aggregation is one of the key functionalities of LTE-A that aggregates the resources of two frequency bands to increase bandwith. As more spectrum and more sophisticated devices become available, carrier aggregation offers a straightforward path for gradually increasing data rates to meet the exponential growth in network traffic. Nokia Networks has been at the forefront of LTE-A research and development, including the world’s first commercial launch.


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Tags: LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A, carrier aggregation, launch, Sonera, Nokia Networks, Finland, Helsinki speed

About Sonera

Sonera provides data, communications and television services to consumers, companies and public corporations in Finland. Sonera’s services connect people to communities and things that are important to them and add comfort and quality to everyday life. For companies, Sonera creates communications solutions that support sustainable development and generate free time and energy for productive work and growth.  At the end of 2013, Sonera had 4.5 million fixed and mobile subscriptions. Sonera employs 3 500 people and operates in approximately 30 towns and localities throughout Finland. www.sonera.fi/

Sonera is part of the TeliaSonera Group, which operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries, in the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain. www.teliasonera.com/

About Nokia
Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Nokia Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Nokia Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.

Nokia Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly. http://networks.nokia.com/  // http://company.nokia.com

* Sonera has introduced 300 Mbps download data speeds in Oulunkylä and Roihupelto of Helsinki.


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