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TeliaSonera starts trials with 3G Femto base stations

TeliaSonera will start trials with 3G Femto technology to explore the possibilities of fixed-mobile migration of voice, video and data services in homes and small offices. The 3G Femto technology improves indoor mobile coverage and capacity and customers will be able to use any 3G mobile phone or 3G terminal to connect to the 3G Femto base stations. The trials start in Lithuania and Denmark.

3G Femto access points are small 3G base stations connected to the mobile core network via the fixed broadband internet service in the customer's apartment, house or a small office. The user gets the same service experience as being connected to the outdoor 3G network. The Femto technology improves the indoor coverage and capacity of 3G services and, also, becomes a platform for enhancement of TeliaSonera’s existing fixed-mobile converged services such as the Home Free service. The Femto bases stations are small indoor "antenna boxes", designed for homes and office environments and can easily be placed on a wall for example.

"The Femto technology is one step in the migration from fixed to mobile communications. We believe that it allows us to offer more opportunities for our customers in terms of service range and service quality. Femto also boosts the indoor coverage and capacity for 3G which will improve our customers' use of mobile services and devices at home or at the office", says Lars Klasson, CTO and Senior Vice President of Business Area Mobility Services at TeliaSonera.

TeliaSonera will test the 3G Femto technology in Lithuania with equipment from Motorola and in Denmark with equipment from Alcatel-Lucent. The test will include field tests in different user environments such as homes and small offices.

TeliaSonera's commercial launch for Femto services is not decided yet. The choice of supplier or suppliers is still open.

Home Free
As the first mobile operator in Europe, TeliaSonera introduced fixed-mobile convergence service, called Home Free, in 2006 in Demark. In 2007, the Home Free concept was introduced in Sweden and Norway. The Home Free solution is based on UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Technology) standard and enables users to use their mobile phone as an IP phone at home through a wireless network (Wi-Fi) and to use the same phone as a normal mobile phone outside the home. The service combines the best features of fixed and mobile telephony giving users the possibility of having one phone for their fixed-line and mobile calls with a single subscription and receiving a single invoice.