First Commercial 4G Base Station (May 27, 2009) — The Swedish mobile operator Telia has announced that the world’s first radio base station in a commercial 4G network has been deployed in Stockholm.

telia1Telia is one of the worldwide company building next-generation networks for mobile broadband with 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

According to Telia, the expected speeds are “10 times faster than the speeds customers enjoy today with mobile broadband in 3G networks.

Telia says it has connected the 4G base station to its IP network and to a test network belonging to Swedish telecom vendor Ericsson, commercial launch of the network is not expected until 2010, when modems will be available.

LTE involves new radio networks with different technology, the Danish firm Strand Consult says that the 4G concept is a media invention, as LTE technology is part of the 3G standard IMT-2000.

“We know for a fact that customers that purchase mobile broadband are not asking for 1G, 2G, 3G, or 4G, they are asking and paying for the possibility of getting online and using the available services,” Strand Consultant states.

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