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Three debuts TD-LTE Advanced in Sweden

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Three Sweden has become the first operator in Sweden to partially deploy a TD-LTE Advanced network, working with Nokia on the project.

The operator is able to take advantage of 2.GHz band 38 spectrum, which offers higher capacity and download speeds. Nokia said spectrum in traditional FDD bands is scarce in the market, meaning operators need to look elsewhere to increase bandwidth and speeds.

The Finnish vendor provided its TD-LTE Advanced radio technology, which is based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and also supported the FDD-LTE network upgrade. Nokia also handled hardware and software services.

The network deployment is expected to be fully completed by the end of June 2016, when it will also cover Gothenburg, Sweden's second most populous city.

Jörgen Askeroth, CTO at Three Sweden, said: "As one of Sweden's leading operators, we are constantly looking at ways to enhance the overall quality of our mobile voice and data services. In line with this vision, we are working with Nokia to tap the potential of TD-LTE-A in order to deliver a truly memorable service experience to our subscribers. In doing so, we are proud to launch one of Western Europe's first TD-LTE-A deployments on band 38 - a development that underlines our reputation as an innovation leader in the domestic telecommunications market."

Meanwhile, Nokia has signed a deal with Zain Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build a smart city in Jeddah. The aim of the project is to improve public services, enhance the business climate and deliver a better quality of life.