Oct 25, 2013

The World’s First 4G/LTE Speedtest on TeliaSonera in Stockholm

In October 2009 Long Term Evolutionist featured interoperability testing for Samsung GT-B3710 USB LTE modem on TeliaSonera’s LTE network in Stockholm.

In December, TeliaSonera became the first operator in the world to offer commercial 4G/LTE services, in the central parts of Stockholm and Oslo.The Stockholm 4G city network is supplied by Ericsson. The Oslo 4G city network is supplied by Huawei.

TeliaSonera has three nation wide 4G/LTE licenses in the 2.6 GHz frequency band; in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The agreement with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks cover network roll out during 2010 and 2011.

During TeliaSonera’s LTE launch event, download speeds that exceeded 40 Mbps were achieved, judging by Bredbandskollen. The upload speeds measured were more in line with the 5 Mbps that Northstream experienced.

Recently a market research company, Northstream tested 4G/LTE network using Samsung GT-B3710 USB LTE modem on TeliaSonera’s LTE network in Stockholm.

Here’s the LTE Speedtest report,

Overall first LTE experience is a very positive one.It works, and that’s respectable.The instalation of Samsung USB LTE modem is very easy suprisingly both connection manager software and modem firmware required an immediate upgrade.

Browsing experience was rather good.Lower latency compared to 3G networks. But the throughput measurements were sort of a disappointment.It never exceeded 12 Mbps in downlink even though TeliaSonera boasts super-fast mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times higher than with Turbo-3G.. More impressive in that case was the 5 Mbps uplink.

TeliaSonera’s LTE network, which uses spectrum in the 2.6GHz band, is still in its infancy. The distance from Northstream’s offices to a base station could explain the lower-than-expected download speed, according to Northstream CEO Bengt Nordström.

“It seems like the capacity drops off fast as the distance from a base station increases,” said Nordström.

Questions to TeliaSonera about the distance from its offices to a base station went unanswered, according to Nordström.

TeliaSonera does not want to enter a technical discussion on why Northstream was not able to get higher speeds, according to a spokeswoman.

The actual bandwidth in any kind of mobile network will vary depending on where you are, the number of users in the network and what kind of service the subscriber is using, she said.

TeliaSonera continues the build out of 4G in Sweden and Norway. The common 4G/LTE core network will be delivered by Ericsson and the radio networks by Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks.

TeliaSonera’s current 4G networks cover the central city areas of Stockholm and Oslo. The 4G network roll-out will continue to Sweden’s 25 largest municipalities and recreation areas and to Norway’s four largest municipalities to offer communication services for the future.

This is a good news for LTE deployment around the world. Congratulation TeliaSonera.

Northstream’s Blog Via PCWorld


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