Roaming remit


Such is the Informer’s commitment to bring you, dear Telecoms.com reader, the latest news from across the world that this week’s A Week In Wireless comes to you from not-so-sunny Stockholm. The Swedes have been excellent hosts and the Informer is delighted to report that the country’s reputation for statuesque blondes is well deserved.

Tele2 Sweden deploys NSN customer experience management solution

NSN will provide EE with its Single RAN Advanced solution

European operator group Tele2’s Swedish subsidiary has called on Finnish infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) for a customer experience management solution to provide it with insight into network performance based on service quality, service usage and real-time traffic information.

Telenor moves for Tele2′s Swedish broadband and TV operation


Norwegian operator Telenor is moving to consolidate its position in the Swedish broadband and television services sector with the acquisition of Tele2 Sweden’s fiber and cable business for SEK775m ($121.4m). Tele2 has some 370,000 households connected with fiber and cable, including 125,000 fixed broadband customers, 75,000 digital TV customers and 220,000 cable TV customers.

3 to buy O2 Ireland as consolidation drive continues

Hutchison is looking to drive further consolidation in Europe.

Hutchison Whampoa, which operates the 3 brand in Europe, has announced that it is to buy Telefónica’s Irish mobile operation O2 for €780m, with a further €70m payable if a number of agreed financial targets are hit. It is the second consolidatory move made by Hutchison in recent months, following the acquisition of Orange Austria, which was completed at the end of 2012.

Ericsson wraps up Swedish job cuts

The largest number of job cuts were in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Swedish vendor Ericsson has completed a series of redundancies in its home market which were first announced in November last year. 1,399 positions were cut at nine of Ericsson’s Swedish sites, with the majority in the Networks part of the business. The cuts resulted in 919 employees losing their jobs

Telia opens family bucket with shared data tariff

HP is getting back into the consumer tablet space

Nordic mobile operator TeliaSonera claimed on Monday to be the first European telco to launch a shared data package, allowing families or other group customers to connect multiple devices to one subscription and share the data bucket.

Life begins at 4T

4T MD Johan Ragnevad

Sweden’s mobile operators are to launch m-wallet services through a standalone joint venture, 4T, in June this year. We speak to acting MD Johan Ragnevad, as the launch date nears.

Swedish operators attempting to ban Skype, claims local press


Swedish operators attempting to ban Skype, claims local press

Swedish operators to replicate m-payment strategy in Norway, Denmark

Sweden’s PTS is auctioning bloack klicences for the 1800MHz band

Swedish operators Telia, Telenor, Tele2 and 3 are planning to replicate their 4T mobile payment joint venture in Norway and Denmark, where some or all of them are present in the market. Swedish firm 4T was created in November last year and is 25 per cent owned by each operator.

Swedish players band together in m-payments move

Sweden’s mobile operators are the latest carriers to band together and form a mobile payments joint venture. Investment amounts have not been revealed, but Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 will each own 25 per cent.

Sweden auctions 1800MHz spectrum

Sweden’s PTS is auctioning bloack klicences for the 1800MHz band

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) will begin a spectrum auction on Wednesday to award block licences for use of the country’s 1800MHz band.

Ericsson demos LTE Advanced in Sweden

Ericsson has demoed an LTE Advanced network running ten times the speed of standard LTE

While many countries LTE plans are still at the drawing board stage the ever eager Swedish are already getting a taste of its successor, LTE Advanced. This week Ericsson demonstrated LTE Advanced running over a test network in Kista, Sweden.

TeliaSonera bids for Polkomtel

TeliaSonera has made a bid for Polish incumbent Polkomtel

Dominant Nordic telco TeliaSonera has confirmed a bid for Polish operator Polkomtel, joining a rumoured ten other operators (including Spain’s Telefonica and Norway’s Telenor) looking to expand into the area.

Sweden to auction 800MHz spectrum in February 2011

the auction will begin on February 28th, 2011

The Swedish telecoms regulator, PTS, has set a date for the auction of wireless broadband spectrum in the 800GHz band, making the announcement on the eve of the first anniversary of the commercial introduction of LTE. The auction will begin on February 28th 2011, with interested parties required to apply for participation by the end of January. Nordic carrier TeliaSonera launched the world’s first LTE service in Stockholm and Oslo on December 14th last year.

Tele2 says fixed broadband users will move to LTE

Swedish operator Tele2, which will launch LTE through a joint venture with Telenor called Net4Mobility, has announced the results of a survey showing that up to a third of DSL customers will move to LTE once the service is commercially available. Tele2 plans to launch services by the end of 2010 in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Karlskrona.

Trail blazing

Tommy Ljunggren, SVP and head of system development, mobility services at TeliaSonera

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is no stranger to the limelight, having blazed a trail with its commercial LTE deployments. But the firm has also caused a stir by calling trials of the technology “unnecessary” and claiming that the only differentiator vendors have to compete on is price. Telecoms.com recently caught up with Tommy Ljunggren, SVP and head of system development, mobility services at TeliaSonera to get more of his thoughts on 4G.

Tele2 finds new leader at Ericsson

Mats Granryd will become president and CEO of Tele2 from September 1

Swedish carrier Tele2 on Monday appointed Mats Granryd as president and CEO, effective September 1. Granryd replaces former chief Harri Koponen, who walked out citing “irreconcilable differences” with the company in February.

LTE: Tommy Ljunggren, Teliasonera

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera is leading the charge with LTE commercial deployments having recently launched an LTE network in Stockholm and Oslo.

Northern Lights

In November 2009, TeliaSonera, the joint venture between the incumbent carriers of Sweden and Finland, became the first operator to launch a commercial LTE service. Håkan Dahlström, president of mobility services at TeliaSonera talks to Mike Hibberd about the motivation behind the move, the firm’s experiences with the technology so far and its plans for the future.

M-ticketing: Thomas Mann, head of distribution, SJ railway

Thomas Mann, head of distribution at Swedish railway, SJ, talks to telecoms.com about the company’s m-ticketing solution implemented in the autumn of 2008.