Data traffic is growing strongly and the users expect to have wireless Internet access on the move and whenever they need it. The technology swap to mobile broadband networks makes this possible.
The mobile Internet experience
Telenor strives to offer the latest mobile phones, ensure simple and predictable pricing schemes, as well as provide viable Web browsing options on smartphones and basic phones to all our customers. The partnership with Opera Software enables us to distribute and run the Opera Mini mobile browser across its mobile handset and subscriber portfolios. Through this type of partnership, Telenor is able to deliver on our vision of great mobile Internet user experience. Telenor Serbia was the first company in the Telenor Group to launch such a new mobile offering for nearly any mobile phone, soon followed by Telenor Montenegro and Telenor Hungary.
Network modernization and green energy
Telenor is helping our customers into the age of data communication and we are using green energy to get there. The years 2011-2012 are a time of change where Telenor Group worldwide is running large network modernization programs. A modern network with scalable capacity is a premise to handle this, and it will enable a smoother deployment of next generations’ mobile networks. Taking care of our share for climate conservation, Telenor has chosen to use its ongoing modernization as an opportunity to change into new equipment that consumes significantly less energy. After this upgrade we are able to support future traffic growth and maintain our ambitious climate targets.
LTE – mobile broadband for the future
Mobile operators are in agreement that LTE is the network of the future. It is expected to deliver higher data rates for a lower price. Telenor is currently working to launch LTE (4G) networks in several markets.
Mobile and wireless communications technologies have undergone major development since the first automatic cellular networks were introduced in the 1980s. The term “mobile Internet” emerged around 2000, when GPRS technology was deployed on the GSM networks. Today, the telecoms are turning to Long-term evolution (LTE) as the network of the future, bringing unprecedented speeds and more efficient use of network capacity.
History of GSM technologies
- 1G, First-generation of wireless telephone technology using analogue radio signals; commercially introduced in the 1980s with voice only.
- 2G, Second-generation using digital encryption, introduced data services such as SMS in the 1990s.
- 2.5G, Second-generation with enhanced data transmission such as GPRS, introduced MMS and WAP.
- 2.75G, Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution, or EDGE, allowed improved data transmission.
- 3G, In 2003 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, or UMTS, entered the consumer market, offering voice telephone, video calls, and simultaneous use of speech and data services.
- 3.5G, 3.9G, Today, 3G extensions are widely supported by handsets and network providers. 3.xG standards such as HSDPA, HSUPA HSPA+ and LTE (E-UTRA) are based on an all-IP network infrastructure, but do not meet 4G bandwidth requirements.
- 4G, future – LTE Advanced, a possible candidate for 4G systems.