TeliaSonera/Tele2-owned Svenska UMTS-licens AB files request for delay of 3G expansion with National Post and Telecom Ag

TeliaSonera/Tele2-owned Svenska UMTS-licens AB files request for delay
of 3G expansion with National Post and Telecom Agency

Svenska UMTS-licens AB, a joint venture of Tele2 and TeliaSonera,
applied today to the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency for
postponement of the completion of the 3G network. Citing unforeseeable
changes of circumstances, the formal application requests amendment of
licence conditions for the licence held by Svenska UMTS-licens AB.

According to Svenska UMTS-licens AB, several circumstances underlie the
request for postponement. All such changed circumstances could not be
foreseen when the application for a licence was filed. In its
application to the National Post and Telecom Agency, Svenska UMTS-licens
AB states that it is now taking so long for decisions to be handed down
in building permit matters that the planned rate of expansion of the 3G
network would be impossible even if unlimited resources were available.
In addition, the lack of certain technical platforms precludes the
establishment of usability, functionality and technical system
coordination prior to the end of the year. Nor have suppliers of
terminals been able to deliver terminals in the volumes required for a
commercial launch.

We believe that the network under construction by TeliaSonera and Tele2
will cover 70 percent of the population in Sweden by early 2004, giving
our network the widest coverage of any 3G network in Europe.

In our assessment, the coverage requirements will be met by no later
than 31 December 2005, provided there are no critical changes in
technological and market developments.

In a special notice released Friday, 28 March 2003, the National Post
and Telecom Agency announced a new schedule for evaluation of 3G with
reference to the new legislation to be enacted later this year. However,
requirements concerning the rate of development have not changed.

For further information journalists can contact:
Ola Kallemur, Press Officer, TeliaSonera Sweden: +46 8 713 58 30.


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