PTS reiterates 800MHz coverage order to Tele2, Telenor

16 Jan 2015

Swedish regulator Post & Telestyrelsen (PTS) has once again ordered Net4Mobility (N4M), a 50/50 infrastructure joint venture of Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden, to implement overdue rural coverage targets on its shared 800MHz 4G LTE mobile network, having been issued its frequency concession in March 2011. Under its 800MHz digital dividend licensing conditions, by end-2013 N4M was supposed to have covered a list of 471 specific premises addresses in rural/remote areas lacking broadband access, representing 75% of the total list of 628 addresses, representing Sweden’s last remaining homes/businesses unserved by broadband at speeds of at least 1Mbps. Having previously issued a directive to complete the belated rollouts, the PTS’ latest order says that N4M must cover at least 50 of the listed addresses by 30 June 2015, an additional 50 addresses by 30 September 2015, and a further 65 addresses by 30 November 2015.