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Sweden’s UMTS Licensees Lobby (Again) To Change The Terms

Posted on Monday 28 June 2004

The four licensees of UMTS spectrum in Sweden have petitioned government regulators to relax the terms of their licenses. The companies filed a common application with the PTS to allow them to build out their networks more slowly and offer reduced coverage than they agreed to when they acquired the licenses in a beauty contest award.

The four companies, TeliaSonera, Tele2, 3, and Vodafone, argue that they should be allowed to delay offering full population coverage until the end of 2007 instead of the end of 2004, and also want PTS to allow them to reduce the signal strength in covered areas. The changes would obviously allow the licensees to reduce their capital investment while reducing the quality and availability of service available to end users. Regulators have refused similar overtures before, but have not yet commented on this latest approach.

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