Telisonera has taken its LTE network live, the first one in the industry. The network is operational in Stockholm and Oslo, with additional major Scandinavian cities to follow. It is currently usable only by laptop users via an LTE dongle from Samsung, but if you've got one you might see speeds in the 100Mbps neighborhood. But one thing you can't do is find a phone that will use the network. Well, I suppose you can if you get one of those handsets that plug into your laptop, but that's not really the point right? LTE phones won't show up until next year sometime, which means that for now that network is going to be serving up lots of data to a select few of the biggest mobile bandwidth warriors in the region.
Of course, the company didn't just claim the first LTE network, the actual quote was:
“We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services. "
There are two ways to read that. First there's the way Marketwatch did, that it meant the first in the world to do any 4G commercially. That of course sends a cold shoulder in the direction of clwr and the entire technology of WiMAX, which is also a 4G technology and which is currently serving a dozen or more markets in the US and more every week it seems like. Or there's the second way to read that, as in first to offer 4G to 'our' customers, as in Scandinavian customers. Ah English language, what would we do without your ambiguity.
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