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Tele2 threatens to hand back Norwegian UMTS licence - report.

NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-16 September 2002-Tele2 threatens to hand back Norwegian UMTS licence - report (C)1994-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com

The Swedish telecommunications operator Tele2 is reportedly prepared to hand back its Norwegian third generation mobile communications (UMTS) licence unless the Norwegian authorities relax roll-out deadlines and initial coverage demands.

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, head of Tele2, told the Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri's online edition that the company was still in talks with the Norwegian authorities but that unless it received a positive reply to its requests in the next couple of weeks it would hand back the licence.

Tele2's negotiating position was significantly strengthened today (16 September) when the company signed a cooperation agreement with the Norwegian operator Telenor to share GSM and UMTS networks in Sweden and Norway.

In the statement announcing the cooperation agreement Tele2 said that the deal would have no influence on Tele2's current UMTS licence in Norway.

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