Tele2 sells up in Britain

Swedish telecoms operator Tele2 has sold its fixed line operations in the UK and Ireland to the Carphone Warehouse.

The British company paid £8.7m (121m kronor) to acquire the Swedish operator’s customers.

Tele2 entered the British market in 2003 and the Irish market in September 2004, offering fixed telephony services.

In a statement Tele2 said that it decided to quit the two markets after it realised that plans to offer broadband services in the UK would not be profitable.

While the sale of the fixed line business to Carphone Warehouse will mean the phasing out of Tele2’s brand in the UK, the company will still have British operations in the form of Alpha Telecom, 3C and C3.

“The decision to divest our UK and Ireland operations has not been taken lightly and is a result of thorough analysis of the market and our various options,” said Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, CEO and president of Tele2.

“We can get significantly better returns by reallocating its budget to other markets,” he added.


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.