Ericsson and 3 Scandinavia to bring first 21Mbps mobile broadband network to Europe

Ericsson and 3 Scandinavia have signed a contract to upgrade the operator’s HSPA network to 21 Mbps downlink speeds. This will raise mobile broadband speeds in Scandinavia to a new level by dramatically improving quality and capacity.

The upgrade will give 3’s customers improved access to mobile broadband services, including Internet and downloading of music and video.

Excuse me, did you say 21Mbps?

Peder Ramel, CEO of 3 Scandinavia says: “We were the first to launch Turbo 3G in the Nordic region and now we are proud to be one of the first operators in the world to offer a speed of 21Mbps. Ericsson’s leading technology will help us boost competitiveness and reach our goal of bringing high-quality communications to our customers.”

21Mbps you say?

Mikael Bäckström, President of Ericsson Nordic and Baltic region, says: “With the upgrade to 21Mbps, 3 is one of the first operators to offer customers new and richer services at this speed. We are proud to contribute to 3’s great ambition to launch high-speed mobile broadband services in Scandinavia.”

Right, so let me get this straight – 21Mbps?

Ericsson will provide the enhanced speed in selected parts of the network in Sweden and Denmark. Ericsson and 3 will continue to extend network coverage and upgrade to higher mobile broadband speeds throughout 2009. The commercial launch is planned for the first half of 2009.

WOW! 21Mbps is huge! Now all I need is a device that can access it, a one-way ticket to Sweden or Denmark, and some sort of video-laden so I can use all that juicy bandwidth 🙂

More seriously though, that’s substantial speed over 3G – I’m lookin forward to something like this in the UK!


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