Tele2 Norge halting network construction after failure to acquire new spectrum

31 Jan 2014

Sweden’s Tele2 has announced that it will halt network investment at its Norwegian mobile unit Tele2 Norge from March. According to the Wall Street Journal, the move comes after the company failed to secure any new spectrum in the government’s 800MHz/900MHz/1800MHz frequency auction, which concluded last month. With many surprised that Tele2 Norge had not emerged from the sale process with additional spectrum, it had been questioned how it would be able to expand considering the rollout of more advanced technologies, such as Long Term Evolution (LTE). Speaking on the matter, Tele2 Norge CEO Arild Hustad was cited as saying: ‘We’re working to find a long-term structural solution following the outcome of the frequency auction’, with the executive reportedly arguing that the stop placed on network construction is a necessary step to remain competitive until it finalises its future plans.

Norway, Tele2 Norge (part of Telia Norge)