Telenor Denmark, the local unit of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, has announced that its 3G coverage in the municipalities of Viborg, Hobro and Bjerringbro has been improved, after the number of base transceiver stations (BTS) in the areas nearly doubled from 57 to 103. The next stage of the expansion project is due to start next week and will improve the 3G coverage in the municipalities of Randers, Skjern, Varde and Esbjerg, and the towns of Ribe and Grena.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the improvement is due to the merger of Telenor and Telia 3G networks in the area. The two companies began work in May 2013 to combine their 2G/3G mobile networks and share infrastructure in order to improve mobile coverage throughout the country; the merger will take place in stages, and so far has reached large parts of central and western Jutland, the islands of Lolland-Falster and Bornholm. When the 3G merger is complete (April 2014), Telenor will have 3,900 3G BTS covering 99% of the Danish population, compared to 2,400 before the infrastructure sharing agreement began.