Published: 20 December 2000
Analyst(s): Phoebe Leet
On 16 December 2000, Telia of Sweden faced the embarrassment of being the first former European phone monopoly to fail to win a third-generation (3G) license in its home market. A further humiliation is that Telia did not even make it to the second round of this beauty contest, meaning that, of the 10 license applicants, the highest Telia could have ranked was sixth. According to the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS), Telia's application was rejected on account of "deficiency of technical feasibility." Telia is appealing the PTS decision, which could, in turn, delay the rollout of 3G networks in Sweden. However, Telia cannot change the terms of its bid and will be successful only by showing the whole process to have been fundamentally flawed.
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