New Swedish report highlights cost benefits for 3G

21 Feb 2003

According to a report published by the Chalmers Technical University, Swedish telcos could save around USD590 million by cooperating in the rollout of third-generation mobile networks. The construction of high speed mobile infrastructure is expected to cost the four operators USD2.832 billion but this could be reduced if operators share costs in the provinces and rural areas. Orange said in December that it would pull out of Sweden citing the tough trading climate and overly stringent licensing requirements. In addition, Vodafone and Hutchison Whampoa’s 3 have asked for more time; under current stipulations, operators must roll out services to 8.86 million people – almost the entire population – despite that fact that most of the country is sparsely populated.