Only days after getting hold of more wireless frequencies in Norway’s 4G spectrum auction, Telenor says it will “radically improve” indoor and outdoor LTE coverage within the next few months.
No specific coverage targets are revealed, although Telenor – the second-largest mobile operator in Norway – says 4G coverage now extends to over half of the country’s population.
Berit Svendsen, CEO of Telenor, claimed the operator has the largest 4G footprint in Norway after recent expansion efforts.
“Telenor will have rolled out approximately 2,300 base stations over the year, and the rate of expansion during the last two months has been over 300 base stations per month,” he said.
Telenor’s LTE network is now up and running in over 100 of Norway’s some 400 municipalities.
Telenor reports almost 500,000 active 4G customers on its 4G network, adding that “virtually all sales of smartphones” are 4G-enabled.
In parallel with 4G expansion, Telenor is enlarging its 3G footprint. The operator now offers 3G coverage to 95 per cent of the population.
“Over the course of just the last three months of 2013, 95 municipalities will have received improved 3G coverage,” said Svendsen.
In Norway’s 4G auction, Telenor secured 2x10MHz of 800MHz spectrum, 2x5MHz at 900MHz, and 2x10MHz at 1.8GHz