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 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.
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.
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.”