TeliaSonera acquires new frequencies to be deployed in continued 4G-expansion in Sweden
“Our investment in the 800 MHz frequency band is the basis for a continued cost efficient 4G-roll out as well as providing a high quality customer experience. Together with the company’s investments in fixed broadband and other mobile networks, this will give our customers the best Internet access wherever they are,” says Håkan Dahlström, President of TeliaSonera Mobility Services.
On December 14, 2009, TeliaSonera became the first operator in the world to launch commercial next-generation mobile broadband by opening 4G networks in Stockholm and Oslo. In 2010, TeliaSonera launched 4G networks in Denmark, Finland and Estonia. The company also deployed pilot 4G networks during 2010 in Lithuania, Latvia and Uzbekistan. In Sweden, TeliaSonera’s 4G network today covers 28 cities and villages. By the end of 2011, the 4G network will be deployed in a total of 237 Swedish cities and villages.
The licence granted now is valid for 25 years, and the cost for TeliaSonera’s licence is SEK 854 million for frequency blocks of 2x10 MHz in the 800 MHz frequency band. The acquired frequency blocks in the 800 MHz frequency band are not subject to any conditions related to construction pace or population coverage in Sweden. The payment to PTS will be made during the second quarter of 2011. TeliaSonera has had a licence for the 2.6 GHz frequency band in Sweden, so far used in the existing 4G roll out.
TeliaSonera AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 2.40 p.m on March 4, 2011.
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