Finland cancels Tele2 3G licence

The Finnish government on Wednesday cancelled a third-generation (3G) mobile phone licence awarded to operator Suomen 3G, a subsidiary of Sweden's Tele2, because it did not build a network in time, officials said.

“We cancelled Suomen 3G’s licence because we found out that they don’t have network and according to the licence terms they should have (had one). At the end of last year we… gave them a last chance but they did not do it,” a legal advisor at the Finnish Transport and Communications Ministry, Riku Ahola, told AFP.

The frequencies freed up will either be kept as “reserves”, attributed to the three other operators who received licences (Elisa and Finnet of Finland and Swedish-Finnish TeliaSonera) or awarded to another operator, Ahola said.

Suomen 3G’s management was not available for comment on Wednesday but, according to the ministry, the operator judged that the market was not ready for the commercial launch of 3G.

Finland awarded its four 3G mobile phone licences in 1999 in a so-called “beauty contest” where applications were submitted, rather than the auction system used in Germany, among others, which left operators heavily indebted.



Tele2 and Comviq mobile blackout cuts off Swedish users abroad

If you've been having trouble getting your mobile to work outside Sweden since Friday, this may be the reason why.

Tele2 and Comviq mobile blackout cuts off Swedish users abroad
Photo: TT

Swedish prepaid mobile phone brand Comviq and its European holding company Tele2 are experiencing serious problems with their overseas networks. 

The unexpected glitch means Swedish customers abroad are experiencing difficulties when placing and receiving calls, texting and browsing the internet, a situation that’s gone on for more than 24 hours.

“It's deeply regrettable,” admits Tele2 media spokesperson Johan von Heijne.

“We urge those who need to get in touch with people to look for places with Wifi instead.”

Tele2 and Comviq’s networks continued to experience problems on Saturday with no apparent solution in sight.

“We have no new information yet,” von Heijne is quoted as saying by Swedish news agency TT.


To make matters worse, Tele2's website is down.

“This is an unfortunate coincidence. But we’re reaching out to our customers through our other channels, ” explained von Heijne.

Tele2 started as a telecommunications company in Sweden in 1993 and currently operates in Sweden, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia and Germany.

Comviq merged with Tele2 in 1997, but the name Comviq was retained as a brand, together with Tele2's own brand Tele2 Mobile.