3 UK apparently is feeling less bullish about the market. The company has lowered its committment for cell sites with its primary real estate partner by two-thirds to 1350 sites from 4000 sites. Hutchison had originally agreed to lease 1000 sites per year through 2004 from Crown Castle.
And in Portugal, Vodafone has asked regulators for permission to violate its UMTS license. According to published reports the company claims that a ‘lack of equipment’ will prevent it from launching 3G service by the end of the year. The two other UMTS spectrum licensees in Portugal have already asked for their licenses to be modified.