Tele2 Norway and Network Norway have entered into an agreement to build a third mobile network in Norway. Under the terms of the deal Tele2 Norway has acquired 50% of the shares in AMI, holder of a GSM-900 licence. The equal joint venture aims to build a wireless network covering a large proportion of the Norwegian population. The roll out has already started and during the first phase the plan is to build out 400-500 base stations. The company will also investigate alternatives for providing future 3G services.
Niclas Palmstierna, Tele2’s Market Area Director Nordic, commented; ‘This joint network ensures that Tele2 can continue being the price leading mobile operator in the Norwegian market. With a customer base of more than 400,000, the timing is right for investing in our own infrastructure. We are pleased with the agreement with Network Norway and the roll out has already taken place.’ The joint network will be a compliment to Tele2’s existing MVNO and national roaming agreement with NetCom, which guarantees its customers a broad coverage during the roll out phase.