Customers who use Telenor's Mobilt Bredbånd will also, in addition to Turbo-3G, have access to a growing number of Telenor Trådløse Soner (Telenor Wireless Zones).
"With Telenor's solutions for Mobilt Bredbånd, it is easy to use Internet services. When you use Internet services on your computer, you are automatically connected to the fastest network, whether it is via Turbo-3G or in a Trådløs Sone", says Berit Kjøll.
Turbo-3G provides speeds close to broadband level through the mobile network, making it easier and faster to surf the Internet and check your e-mail. From as early as January next year, Turbo-3G will be available in 10 cities.
With Mobilt Bredbånd you can watch TV, download music and audio books, use video conferences or surf Facebook - all on your mobile phone. You can also be online on your computer outside the home or whenever you are not at the office. Until now, when using their mobile network to connect to the Internet, people have often had to deal with slow downloading when wanting to use a simple service such as reading the newspaper online.
"Now, more and more people will find the quality and speed of the mobile network to be so good that you can take your broadband experience along wherever you go. Mobilt Bredbånd is an excellent supplement to your regular broadband connection. We are now in a new era of Mobilt Bredbånd, with better accessibility and user friendliness", says Berit Kjøll.
Turbo-3G is up to 10 times faster than regular 3G. With a USB modem and simple software, you are online with only a single click.
Turbo-3G can reach speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s, but the normal speed will be around 0.5-1.5 Mbit/S.
Telenor's new software for Mobilt Bredbånd (for business customers) includes functionality for seamless transitions between cable network, Trådløs Sone and the mobile network, without the customer having to turn the connection on or off. It also provides automatic reconnection if the connection is lost, for instance when driving through a tunnel or moving from one Trådløs Sone to another. Telenor is the only company in the market to offer this.
Telenor will first of all launch Turbo-3G in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger (including Sandnes) and Trondheim, along with various winter sport centres in southern Norway. More than 17 winter sport centres will have access to Turbo-3G by November.
In the last few years, Norwegian people's computer habits have changed. Eight of ten PCs sold today are laptops, and all of these have built-in WLAN. More and more people use wireless networks and bring their computers along when they travel. Also on the increase is the use of network services such as blogging and MSN. Therefore, the importance of a proper broadband service for people constantly on the move has never been greater.
Facts about Telenor's Mobilt Bredbånd:
Telenor launches three package offers (prices include VAT):
• Fri Bruk (Free Access): For high consumers who are always on the move, and who want a full overview of the costs. Price per month: 499 NOK. Free access 24/7.
• Kveld & Helg (Evenings & Weekends): Targets those whose primary need for Mobilt Bredbånd is in the evenings and on weekends, and who are a little unsure whether Fri Bruk will be worthwhile for them. Price per month: 119 NOK. Free access Mon-Fri from 17:00-07:00 and on weekends. Daytime price: 5 NOK per MB, with a daily maximum of 50 NOK.
• Litt Bruk (Some Access): This is the most inexpensive starting package, for occasional users and those who would like a full overview of their costs, but who do not know exactly how much they will use the network. Price per month: 59 NOK. Price for access: 5 NOK per MB, with a daily maximum of 50 NOK.
Access to Telenor's Trådløse Soner is included in all the packages.
Telenor will offer its customers a great introductory offer on package solutions with a USB modem, WLAN card and a wide selection of laptop PCs with a ready-installed SIM card from Telenor, and built-in support for Turbo-3G.
• The technical term for Turbo-3G is HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access)
• This version of Turbo-3G has a theoretical downloading speed of 3.6 Mb/s, which is about 10 times faster than normal 3G and faster than other competing technologies for Mobilt Bredbånd in Norway today. In practical terms this implies a speed between 0.5 and 1.5 Mb/s. In the next few years we will present a number of new versions with even higher speeds.
• Turbo-3G will be the technological standard for Mobilt Bredbånd in Europe and many other countries. You can therefore use the same equipment both in Norway and abroad.
Coverage from Telenor
From November on, Telenor will have Turbo-3G coverage in the following places:
The four largest cities: Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger (including Sandnes) - that is, 25 per cent of the population will be covered.
At most of the larger winter sports centres in Norway: Blefjell, Skeikampen, Geilo, Sjusjøen, Norefjell, Gålå, Voss, Hafjell, Gol, Hemsedal, Trysil, Hovden, Lifjell, Valdres, Oppdal, Beitostølen and Kvitfjell.
As early as at the beginning of January, Telenor will expand its Turbo-3G coverage further:
Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad, Porsgrunn and Skien, Drammen, Kristiansand, Tromsø, Tønsberg and Borre.
Wherever Turbo-3G does not extend to, mobile customers will still have Internet access at lower speeds, as long as there is mobile coverage.