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Press release Tele2 Group Dec 18 2009, 9:47 AM CET

Tele2 and Telenor select Huawei to deploy 4G network

Net4Mobility, the joint venture by Tele2 and Telenor, today announced that Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei will supply infrastructure and modems for next generation mobile communications, 4G, in Sweden. The agreement with Huawei comprises the deployment of the first nationwide 4G network in Sweden and modem services for the new network.


By combining the procurement of a network- and modem vendor, the operators secure an effective deployment and a commercial launch of high-quality 4G services in 2010. For customers, 4G enables increased mobility and use of high capacity services, with up to ten times the current speed of turbo-3G initially.


-        Huawei provides high technology and cost efficiency, both vital components in our investments to build a nationwide 4G network. Tele2´s customers will be able to access high-quality and affordable mobile services at speeds equivalent to some of today's fixed broadband connections, said Niclas Palmstierna, CEO, Tele2 Sweden.   


      The use of mobile broadband has increased sharply to become an integral part of modern mobility. Together with Huawei, who presented a well integrated solution for network deployment as well as 4G modems, we will meet the rapidly growing demand for high-quality mobile broadband and network services, said Lars-Åke Norling, CEO Telenor Sweden.


The goal is that 99 percent of the Swedish population will be able to access the new network before the end of 2013, starting with densely populated areas. The deployment also includes increasing the number of base stations for voice traffic in 2G/GSM by 30-50 percent, with enhanced indoor- and outdoor coverage across the country as a result.


-        It's a great pleasure for Huawei to be part in the deployment of one of the world's first nation-wide 4G networks. By our innovative end to end solution, we'll make the contribution to enable Tele2's and Telenor's customers to enjoy 4G services in the near future, said Yu Chengdong, President of Huawei Europe.


For more information, please contact:

Niclas Palmstierna, CEO Tele2 Sweden, +46 8-5626 4000

Lars-Åke Norling, CEO Telenor Sweden, +46 8-4100 7555

Annika Kristersson, Press Manager Tele2 Sweden, +46 704-26 4128

Marcus Adaktusson, Press Manager Telenor Sweden,+46 709-335559


About Tele2

Tele2 is one of Europe's leading telecom operators, always providing the best deal. We have 26 million customers in 10 countries. Tele2 offers mobile services, fixed broadband and telephony, data network services, cable TV and content services. Ever since Jan Stenbeck founded the company in 1993, it has been a tough challenger to the former government monopolies and other established providers. Tele2 has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm since 1996. In 2008, we had net sales of SEK 38.3 billion and reported an operating profit (EBITDA) of SEK 8.2 billion..


About Telenor

Telenor Sweden is a full service supplier of mobile, fixed and broadband communication to private consumers and corporations. The group, which includes Bredbandsbolaget and Glocalnet, has some 1.95 million mobile customers.


The Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality tele, data and media communication services with mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia. Headquartered in Norway, the Telenor Group is among the largest mobile operators in the world with over 160 million mobile subscriptions, revenues in 2008 of NOK 110 billion, and a workforce of more than 40,000 (all numbers include Kyivstar).


About Net4Mobility
Net4Mobility is one in equal shares joint infrastructure venture between Telenor Sweden and Tele2 Sweden.

The company's mission is to build and operate Sweden's most extensive network for the next generation mobile communications, 4G. The new mobile network will cover 99 percent of the population and enable Telenor and Tele2 to offer their customers mobile services for data communication (LTE/4G) and voice (GSM). Net4Mobility was formed in April 2009.