Elisa Eesti Demonstrates Superfast 4G Internet in Central Tallinn

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On June Elisa Eesti gave a demonstration of superfast 4G Internet in the centre of Tallinn. The data communication speed achieved was almost 100 Mbit/s – the first time such a high speed had been achieved in mobile Internet in Estonia

On June Elisa Eesti gave a demonstration of superfast 4G Internet in the centre of Tallinn. The data communication speed achieved was almost 100 Mbit/s – the first time such a high speed had been achieved in mobile Internet in Estonia

Elisa Eesti has carried out successful tests of the 4G network in cooperation with its supplier Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Its 4G coverage is now available in most areas in central Tallinn.

Network Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks at Elisa Eesti Andrus Kaarelson says 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.

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.

Provision of commercial services in the Elisa 4G network will become possible after the issue of LTE licences later this year.

Today’s demonstration took place in the centre of Tallinn on the rooftop terrace of the European Union Building.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) or 4G is the mobile communication standard that enables operators to offer the possibility to download data at up to 300 Mbit/s and upload data at up to 75 Mbit/s. The further development of the 4G standard LTE Advanced was approved last year. It will make it possible to download data in mobile networks at up to 1 Gbit/s.

Elisa (http://www.elisa.ee) is the first communications operator in Estonia offering mobile telephone, landline telephone and Internet services all over the country. The services offered by Elisa can be used at home, at work and on the move. Elisa offers an online Internet connection everywhere in the country – its WiMAX wireless Internet reaches 80% of the people living in Estonia and the company covers Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Maardu, Saku and part of Harju County with its fast home and office Internet based on the DSL2+ standard. The mobile communications network of Elisa is accessible to 99% of the population of the country. Elisa and global mobile communications operator Vodafone have formed an extensive partnership and provide joint services in 40 different countries. The company’s turnover in 2009 was 1.406 billion kroons, while its operating profit amounted to 478 million kroons.

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