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TeliaSonera opens world's first LTE networks

HELSINKI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Nordic telecoms operator TeliaSonera TLSN.ST opened on Monday in Oslo and Stockholm the first mobile networks in the world to use faster LTE wireless technology.

Telecom operators are expected to spend billions of euros on the next generation LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based networks as data traffic in their current networks has exploded due to the surge in take-up of mobile data cards.

The first major roll-outs are expected only late next year, with wider deployments in around 2012.

There are no LTE phones available, with TeliaSonera using Samsung's 005930.KS data cards for the launch. Sweden's Ericsson ERICb.ST has supplied network technology for the Stockholm launch, and China's Huawei [HWT.UL] for the Oslo network. (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Greg Mahlich)