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3’s application for GSM spectrum approved

TeleGeography notes that Swedish regulator PTS has issued a decision approving a joint application from the country’s existing GSM mobile operators – TeliaSonera, Tele2, Telenor and Swefour – and currently 3G-only provider 3 Sweden for new allocations of frequencies in the 900MHz band.

Tele2, Telenor to build joint LTE network in Sweden

Tele2 Sweden and Telenor Sweden – the country’s second- and third-largest operators, respectively – today announced plans to jointly build a nationwide LTE network and share spectrum for its deployment. Buildout will begin this year, with service launch expected by the end of 2010.

Tele2 eyes Russian acquisitions

Unstrung notes that Sweden’s Tele2 is keen to expand its operations in Russia, which the operator has singled out as a key growth market.

Tele2 grows Q3 sales 3%, EBITDA up 6%

Tele2 reported third-quarter revenues of SEK9.763 billion (US$1.4 billion), up 3 percent from a year earlier thanks to growth in its mobile base and in Russia, reports Telecompaper.

Tele2 acquires minority stakes in its Russian operation in Izhevsk

Cellular News notes that Tele2 announced today that it has acquired the remaining 25.5 percent in the company ‘Udmurtia Cellular Communication,’ in the Russian region of Izhevsk.

Tele2 Russia names new CEO

Cellular News notes that Tele2 has announced that Dmitry Strashnov has been appointed the new CEO of Tele2 Russia. Dmitry Strashnov succeeds Donna Cordner, who is leaving the company.

Tele2 chooses ip.access for picocells

ip.access today announced that it has signed a frame contract with European mobile operator group Tele2 for supply of its nanoGSM base stations.

Sweden investigates LTE spectrum “cartel”

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has launched an investigation into whether the LTE spectrum agreement forged by Sweden’s five main mobile operators is anti-competitive. The investigation relates to a deal struck between TeliaSonera, Telenor, Tele2, Swefour and 3 Sweden in November last year to share Sweden’s 900Mhz bandwidth in a so-called “frequency pact.”

Tele2 sells French MVNO to Virgin for US83M

Sweden-headquartered Tele2 has sold its loss-making French MVNO venture to Virgin Mobile for SEK575 million (US$83 million).