Tele2 withdraws from auction

25 May 2005

The Swedish-owned telco Tele2 has pulled out of the Spanish government’s auction of wireless frequencies, citing its failure to reach a roaming deal with Spain’s existing GSM operators which would have allowed it to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The 10MHz of GSM-900 spectrum currently under the hammer would not be sufficient for Tele2 to launch a service under its own steam, so it was relying on leasing capacity on the networks of the three incumbents, Telefónica, Vodafone and Amena. Tele2 currently acts as a fixed line reseller in Spain and more than 20 other European countries, while it has added mobile services to its portfolio in 14 markets.

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