Scandinavian folks tend to be a pretty cheerful bunch during the summer, and now Swedes and Norwegians will have reason to smile through the cold dark winters as well, with Samsung announcing an agreement to provide TeliaSonera with "mobile broadband devices for commercial service next year." This agreement relates to Sammy's Kalmia 4G USB modem and adds to the Swedish operator's LTE push, which already counts Ericsson and Huawei among the contracted hardware providers. So that's 100Mbps mobile broadband, coming to a snow-covered nation near you within the next dozen months or so. All we would ask of our viking friends now is that they remember their world-conquering ways of the past and start spreading that goodness globally. Come on, it's our right! Full press release after the break.

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Samsung Provides LTE Devices to TeliaSonera for World's First 4G/LTE Service Commercialization

Samsung and TeliaSonera Gear Up for 4G Mobile Service

Seoul, Korea, October 22, 2009 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leading mobile phone and equipment provider, today announced a contract with TeliaSonera to provide Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices. LTE technology is one of the most anticipated technologies for 4thgeneration (4G) mobile service in the telecommunications industry. According to the contract between Samsung and TeliaSonera, a leading telecommunication service provider in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the emerging markets of Eurasia head-quartered in Sweden, Samsung will provide mobile broadband devices for commercial service in Sweden and Norway next year.

"We are very pleased to work together with TeliaSonera for this historic step forward in the modern telecommunications industry. With TeliaSonera's initiation of LTE service, we hope more consumers to enjoy advanced mobile broadband service much earlier than expected," said JK Shin, executive vice president and head of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. "Samsung is committed to providing the best and the latest LTE devices to TeliaSonera and will fully support the commercial service in Sweden and Norway next year."

"The 4G modems from Samsung will play a very important part of our 4G launch in Sweden and Norway," says Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera. "We look forward to sharing Samsung's world leading mobile experience and that we together will offer our customers a whole new way of enjoying mobility services."

The Samsung LTE device (Model name: GT-B3710) is expected to be the world's first LTE device. The device is a USB stick that can be connected to a laptop computer, or other portable devices. The USB stick incorporates Samsung's in-house developed LTE modem chip, branded Kalmia, and supports 2.6GHz band for LTE service.

With this contract, Samsung has again demonstrated its leadership in advanced mobile technology within the mobile industry and telecommunication standardization communities. Samsung's LTE solution is fully compliant with the latest 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) LTE Release 8 (Rel-8) standard. Based on its number of contributions, Samsung ranks as one of the top companies within the 3GPP, the association that specified the LTE standard. Samsung also has four seats on the wireless networking standardization working group executive board.

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Samsung and TeliaSonera bringing LTE to vikings in 2010