Regulator to allow 3G network sharing

16 Apr 2004

Finland’s Communications Ministry has announced that it will allow 3G operators to share their networks, a move which will help to cut costs and speed up the launch of the long-delayed services. The licensees – TeliaSonera, Tele2, Elisa and DNA – will be allowed to build part of their networks together, although each individual network will still have to cover 35% of the population. Finland awarded 3G licences in 1999, the first country in the world to do so, but the operators have been slow to launch services, claiming that they spent all their money on concessions and had no cash left to build out their networks.