Tele2 Norway has admitted that it will not be able to fulfil the requirements for the rollout of its 3G network. The company is the latest European operator to admit delays – Orange has asked for a delay in the rollout of 3G services in Sweden, while Telefonica/Sonera’s 3G joint venture has withdrawn from Germany.
Tele2 Norway, owned by Sweden’s Netcom, has until December 1 2002 to build 1,700 base stations in Norway. If it does not meet these requirements the Norwegian authorities could impose large fines or even terminate the operator’s license.
Scandinavian countries decided not to auction 3G licenses to the highest bidder – instead, licenses were award to operators that pledged the most aggressive plans for network rollout and services. But it now seems that some of these plans are unrealistic.