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Elisa Eesti demonstrates 4G in capital

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Elisa Eesti has given a demonstration of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform installed in Central Tallinn, achieving downlink speeds of almost 100Mbps.
Elisa has carried out successful tests of the 4G network in cooperation with its supplier Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Network Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks at Elisa Eesti Andrus Kaarelson said that Elisa is testing the 4G network to prepare for the introduction of new technologies and services the moment they can be offered to clients as commercial services. As it stands, the Estonian government is planning to offer LTE licences later this year. Elisa plans to expand its 4G test network to the summer capital Parnu and the Kristiine district of Tallinn during the summer.

Elisa Eesti is set to expand its 4G test network even further: 4G stations will soon begin operating in the summer capital Pärnu and in the Kristiine district of Tallinn.

“The test network is based on new generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology, which is the answer to the challenges posed by rapidly increasing data communication volumes, which allows us to create new services using a higher data communication speed and which also complements the services currently offered in Elisa’s 3.5G network,” said Esa Harju, Manager of the Baltic and Nordic Regions of Nokia Siemens Networks.

“The superfast 4G network, which offers an even better user experience, takes the mobile Internet service into a new era,” said Kaarelson. “For example, downloading a movie in DVD format will only take about 45 minutes in the 4G network. The new generation network will also allow clients to use mobile Internet to watch HD television, use video conference and multimedia services and play online games.”

The volume of mobile Internet use in the 3.5G network has grown tenfold in recent years. 91% of Elisa’s clients currently use mobile Internet in the 3.5G network. Introducing the 4G network makes it possible to increase data communication volumes considerably and to guarantee the mobile Internet speed requested by clients, PR Web claims.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Elisa is the first communications operator in Estonia to offer the triple-play bundle of landline telephony, wireless and internet services nationally. Its WiMAX network reaches 80% of the population with coverage of Tallinn, Tartu, Parnu, Maardu, Saku and part of Harju County. The company’s turnover in 2009 was EEK1.406 billion (USD110 million), while its operating profit amounted to EEK478 million.

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