Swedes lose coverage with smartphone switch

The smartphone revolution in Sweden has come at the price of mobile phone coverage, reveals a new report that argues that the operators' coverage maps are out of date.

Swedes lose coverage with smartphone switch

“The operators really should have one map for smartphones and one map for older mobile phones,” ­Urban Landmark at the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The agency reviewed the radio receiver in several phone models.

“We feel confident in saying that in general, the smartphones’ radio equipment was worse than in a ‘normal’ mobile phone,” Landmark said.

“The difference, when converted into the area of coverage, is about 20 percent less when using a smartphone.”

Landmark added that the quality of the radio equipment had had to give way for the many other technologies that a smartphone contains.

“The smartphone is a compromise with many components and several frequencies. To have enough room for everything one has had to compromise the quality of the radio parts,” Landmark said.

The difference in the quality of a telephone call, or being able to make a call at all, should be most noticeable on the fringes of an operator’s coverage zone, which at present are drawn out on a map after the old phones’ capacity to pick up a signal.

Operators Telia said it would look at the study and possibly take it into account when reviewing its maps of coverage zones.

“This is the kind of thing we might look at when we review our coverage maps. It’s possible we’ll have to make an adjustment,” said Telia spokesman Nicolas Rundbom to DN.

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Teacher in Sweden reported to police for ejecting rude pupil

Sweden's teachers union has rushed to defend a teacher reported to the police for physically removing a 15-year-old boy who called his colleague a "whore".

Teacher in Sweden reported to police for ejecting rude pupil
The use of mobile phones was banned in lessons at the school. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT
A boy at a school in Nybro municipality near Kalmar first refused to hand over his mobile phone at the start of the lesson, and then when his teacher admonished him, he called her “hora”, which means “whore” and is highly offensive in Swedish. 
Her colleague then threw the boy out of the classroom, after which his parents reported the teacher to the police. 
“As a teacher, you need to have the option of admonishing a pupil and giving sanctions when they break the rules,”
Åsa Fahlén, the head of Sweden's teacher's union, told TT.  “It is completely unreasonable that this should be seen as abusive in and of itself.” 
The parents' decision to report the teacher to the police has generated heated debate in Sweden since the case was first reported on Tuesday.
“In a decent, well-functioning family, it's not OK to call a teacher a whore and then report them to the police,” Lasse Johansson, chairman of the local municipal education department told the local Barometern newspaper. 
Jimmy Loord, an MP for the Christian Democrats, told the newspaper that the case marked “a worrying development which underlined the need to make the various roles in schools clearer”. 
Fahlén argued that while it was important that teachers behaved appropriately in the schoolroom, they needed to be able to admonish pupils who got out of line. 
“There's a risk that we can get to an untenable situation where almost anything can constitute an offence,” she said. “We need to define clearly what an offence is.” 
She said that there was an urgent need for the Swedish National Agency for Education to investigate the issue and produce clear guidelines of what behaviour from teachers was appropriate.