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Press Release -- December 2nd, 2014
Source: Huawei

Ukko Mobile, in Collaboration with Huawei, Launches the World’s First Commercial LTE450MHz Network

[Helsinki, Finland, December 2, 2014]: Ukko Mobile, a mobile data operator in Finland announced going live with world’s first commercial LTE450MHz. At the launch, the network covered an astonishing 99.9% of the population of Finland and overnight became the network with the best countrywide LTE coverage. The deployment and commercial launch of the world’s first commercial LTE450MHz network marks the 450MHz spectrum’s entrance into the LTE era,and it is now widely expected that the 115 CDMA450MHz networks across the world will accelerate their transformation into the LTE450MHz technology.

The 450MHz band’s emergence as the next new LTE band provides a huge opportunity for global operators as they face a shortage of spectrum resources. With advantages such as wide coverage and relatively low cost deployment, it is the best solution for wireless bandwidth deployment with large coverage requirements.

Ukko Mobile, along with some of Finland’s largest transportation companies like the Finnish National Railways VR Group as its customers, aims to offer its nationwide LTE service initially to the enterprise, business to business and governmental sectors and is particularly targeting moving vehicles and equipment. During the next six months, Ukko Mobile plans to launch an innovative pre-paid based family-oriented wireless broadband access service targeting more remote areas and locations with spiking temporary demand such as the 700,000 summer cottages in Finland.

Ukko Mobile LTE 4G network offers countrywide LTE coverage and stable data connections to enterprises and governmental bodies also outside of town and urban areas. “The superior coverage area of our network combined with the very low latency of the new LTE technology provides excellent user experience and enables remote workload execution all across Finland”, say Mr. Antti Pellinen, CEO of Ukko Mobile Inc.

As a strategic partner of Ukko Mobile, Huawei provides end-to-end LTE450MHz network solutions, not only in facilitating the smooth migration of CDMA450MHz to LTE450MHz, but also by re-using the legacy network resources like base stations, sites, power, and antennas helping to decrease the network investments.

Huawei continues to contribute to the industry development of LTE450MHz standards. In 2013, Huawei, together with industry partners, made 450MHz a standard 3GPP LTE band (band 31), and unveiled the LTE450MHz chipset and terminal. Meanwhile, Huawei is one of the founders of 450MHz Alliance and spearheaded many LTE450MHz industry events.

The deployment of LTE450MHz commercial networks of Ukko Mobile in Finland will lift the curtain on the global LTE450MHz commercial deployment and bring mobile broadband services to more and more people.

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