Ericsson and Elisa, a provider of network operator services, have activated the operator’s WCDMA/HSPA network addition in the 900MHz frequency band. The new part of the network is seamlessly integrated in Elisa’s existing WCDMA/HSPA network in the 2.1GHz band.
Ericsson’s WCDMA/HSPA solution for the 900MHz band provides more coverage because of the improved radio wave propagation at lower frequencies, making it easier to provide low-cost mobile broadband services in rural areas as well as improved indoor coverage in urban areas.
Ericsson’s solution is built on its existing portfolio of radio base stations, which provides commercial mobile broadband services with up to 14.4Mbps download speeds in more than 70 commercial networks. Ericsson’s WCDMA/HSPA technology is now commercially deployed in the 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz frequency bands and, as announced previously, deployment in the 2.6GHz frequency band will start shortly.
Veli-Matti Mattila, president and CEO of Elisa, said: Our objective in adding radio base stations for the 900MHz band to our WCDMA/HSPA network is, as always, an improved customer experience. We are now able to cover substantially larger geographical areas; eventually making our fast and attractive mobile services available for every Finn.