Regulator tells Tele2, Telenor to meet 800MHz coverage requirements

28 Apr 2014

Swedish telecoms regulator the Post & Telecoms Agency (PTS) has issued a public notification to Net4Mobility, the jointly-owned mobile network sharing venture of Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden, confirming that rural coverage requirements set out under the joint venture’s 800MHz 4G mobile broadband frequency licence won in 2011 were not met by an end of 2013 deadline. If Tele2 and Telenor fail to comply with the licence coverage stipulations by 30 November 2014, the PTS may take further action. The specific 800MHz (digital dividend) frequency block won by Net4Mobiity in 2011 carried special coverage requirements aimed at filling in gaps in national broadband coverage including rural and remote areas. According to the licence conditions, by 31 December 2013 the licensee should have covered 75% (or 471) of 628 specific addresses (locations) of a list drawn up by the PTS, but Tele2/Telenor only covered 139 of these addresses by the original deadline – a shortfall of 332. Services must provide 1Mbps-plus connection speeds for homes and businesses.