Norwegian telecoms regulator, Post-og teletilsynet, may enforce a fine on Tele2 for failing to roll out its UMTS network on time. The mobile operator was under obligation to launch the network by December 2001, and Post-og teletilsynet is disappointed with Tele2’s lack of commitment to the project.
Other license winners in Norway, Telenor and NetCom, have also missed deadlines, but Post-og teletilsynet believes that these operators are at least working hard to build the networks as quickly as possible. However, the regulator fears that Tele2 has had a change of heart about building its 3G infrastructure.
If the Communications and Transport Ministry finds Tele2 to be in breach of contract by the company could face fines of up to $44,000 per day until its 3G network is launched. The Ministry is still looking for an operator to take the fourth license off its hands, so canceling Tele2’s contract is not a feasible option at present.