Telenor Denmark, the local unit of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, has improved its 3G coverage in five Danish towns, namely Skijern, Varde, Ribe, Esbjerg and Tonder, after the number of base transceiver stations (BTS) in the areas almost doubled from 122 to 215. Further, the company has introduced its 3G network in more than 18 towns in Southern and Western Jutland. The next stage of the expansion project is due to start next week and will see the improvement of 3G coverage in the municipalities of Padborg, Sonderborg and Aabenraa, followed by Haderslev the following week.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the improvement is due to the merger of the respective 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.