Telia and Tele2 to shut down 3G services in Sweden
18 May 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray
Swedish incumbent Telia and its rival Tele2 are to shut down their 3G services, starting later this year.
The companies will make the transition together, as their networks are owned by a joint infrastructure company, Svenska UMTS-nät AB (Sunab).
Samuel Skott, CEO of Tele2 Sweden, said: “The transition from 3G to 4G is completely in line with our network strategy to move away from legacy networks, and move towards next generation networks.”
Sunab will take seven years to complete the 3G close-down. “The shift will be finalised by the end of 2025,” said Tele2. Of course, by 2025 both companies will have rolled out 5G services alongside 4G.
The 3G network has over 6,000 base stations that will gradually be phased out or reused in other network expansion, which will result in cost and energy efficiency. Skott said: “As Sweden’s most energy-efficient network provider, we are extremely proud to accelerate our development , and become even more economically and environmentally efficient.”