TeliaSonera drops extra VoIP fees but raises rates

A data plan to charge consumers extra for Skype, Google Talk or other VoIP calls has been squashed by TeliaSonera; sort of. Instead of the planned 6 Euro fee for 5 to 10 hours of VoIP calls, the operator is simply raising rates for all.

Want Skype on your mobile phone? Swedes will have to pay

Swedish operator TeliaSonera won’t ban Skype’s voice service on handsets using its network but it will charge customers for it. The operator is piloting plans that will cost customers extra for using an over-the-top voice service. Ring ring! It’s network neutrality calling.

Infinera, TeliaSonera test a new terabit network

TeliaSonera, a Scandinavian-based telephone company, has conducted a trial for an optical network that saw a terabit speed optical transmission based on 500 gigabit per second super channels. The trial used Infinera gear and was conducted between Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif.

LTE Access for Less Than a Dollar a MONTH!

Early LTE adopters in Stockholm and Olso will be able to score their monthly broadband for 56 cents per month and 17 cents per month respectively during an introductory period. The operator’s goal is to drive usage of the network despite the lack of multimode devices.

Stockholm, Oslo First to Get Commercial LTE

TeliaSonera, a Scandinavian telecom operator, today launched its Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology-based wireless broadband network in Stockholm, Sweden, and Oslo, Norway. It’s the world’s first commercial rollout of the technology that is generically called 4G wireless.

One Voice Means Your LTE Calls Will One Day Be VoIP

[qi:083] A large group of carriers and equipment makers yesterday came out in support of a standard called One Voice to provide voice over the next-generation Long Term Evolution mobile networks. For those adopting the standard, LTE mobile calls would become VoIP calls. The standard is necessary to ensure you can call people on 3G networks from a 4G network and across different providers, and reduces the complexity of making that happen. 4G networks are all IP-based, while voice calls are still routed over circuit-switched networks, which could cause communication problems. Figuring out how to deliver circuit-switched calls on a packet network was going to result in compromises and costs I detailed back in April. Read More about One Voice Means Your LTE Calls Will One Day Be VoIP

Dell Adamo XPS — How Thin is Too Thin?

I am as big a sucker for cool, thin laptops as anyone, but I have to admit I’m having a hard time getting my head around the über-thin Dell Adamo XPS. The Adamo XPS is billed as the thinnest notebook on the planet, but we have to take Dell’s word on it since they won’t let anyone play with it yet. They have been content to drive a near viral campaign consisting of brief glimpses of the XPS so far.

Dell put up a web site that shows how thin the profile of the notebook is, but the whole site exists to collect email addresses for future notifications about the XPS. Then Dell held the XPS up at a press event for other stuff, but quickly put it out of sight. Now they have released a couple of pics that shows how thin (I see a pattern here) the XPS is, along with a unique hinge system that lets the screen sit down flush with the unit when closed.

I’m getting a feeling that the XPS is too thin (9.99 mm) to be practical. I can see breaking this thing without even trying hard. I can image TSA tossing something in the bin at some airport and hearing a sickening crunch. I am very easy on gear, but I think I’d break the XPS.

Sweden Racing to an LTE Future

imagesSweden is fast becoming the epicenter of the LTE universe, with three of the country’s four major wireless carriers — Tele2, Telenor and TeliaSonera — racing to build 4G wireless networks. These carriers bought spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band in 2008 and are looking to roll out LTE networks by 2010, according to Wireless Intelligence, a market research service. According to some estimates, mass deployment for LTE will happen around 2012.
TeliaSonera has plans to do a commercial rollout next year starting with Sweden’s capital of Stockholm. Rivals Tele2 and Telenor are jointly building a network with service due to launch by the end of 2010, covering 99 percent of Sweden by 2013. This service will have speeds of up to 80Mb/s in rural areas and up to 150Mb/s in urban areas. 3 Sweden and Intel (s intc) also own spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band but have not announced related plans just yet. Read More about Sweden Racing to an LTE Future