Rural CDMA operator gets go-ahead from regulator

30 Nov 2006

Sweden’s telecoms regulator the PTS has given its approval to Scandinavian regional wireless service operator Nordisk Mobiltelefon’s plan to launch CDMA services in the 450MHz frequency band. The new CDMA2000 1x network will serve mainly rural areas in Sweden that lack GSM coverage. Nordisk Mobiltelefon is preparing to launch commercial services by mid-2007, and intends to eventually also offer high speed 1x EV-DO data services over a cellular/WiLL network to remote areas of the country. It is already operational in Norway, where it offers wireless internet access services under the Ice brand name, and also intends to expand its portfolio to mobile telephony in 2007.