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NetCom launches 3G in Norway
Posted: 28-Feb-2005 [Source: TeliaSonera]

[TeliaSonera's subsidiary, NetCom, will launch its 3G service tomorrow offering note book connectivity via its NetCom Connect smartcard.]

Stockholm -- NetCom, wholly owned subsidiary of TeliaSonera, to launchs its UMTS network in Norway tomorrow. Customers will be able to use PC laptops to read mail and surf the Internet. Netcom's mobile broadband is being offered at a fixed price per month, with no restrictions to use. The cost for unlimited use will be NOK 399 per month (NOK 499, including VAT). At the same time, NetCom is implementing considerable reductions to its standard data prices.

Netcom's first 3G service is mobile broadband. The company is launching NetCom Connect, which is a smartcard for PC laptops that provides Internet access at broadband speed. The download rate can be perceived as five to six times faster than ISDN or 10 times faster than today's mobile rate.

More than 240 towns and urban areas will receive UMTS coverage when the network opens. This means that about 3.5 million Norwegians will have access to UMTS. This is the most extensive 3G network in Norway.

In addition, NetCom is making extensive progress in building out EDGE, a technology that will provide a data-transfer rate that is two to three times faster compared with ISDN.

These build-outs will mean that 4.3 million Norwegians, or 95 per cent of the population, will have access to mobile broadband during 2006.

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