TT-Netvaerket, the Danish network sharing joint venture between Telia and Telenor, has won 800MHz spectrum which it says is a ‘major step’ in the build-out of its 4G mobile broadband network. The infrastructure sharing venture has paid DKK111.5 million (USD18.7 million) for 2×10MHz in the 800MHz band to complement its existing holdings at 2.6GHz. TT-Netvaerket has already deployed a network which covers 75% of Denmark’s population in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense; Telia and Telenor offer services separately over the shared infrastructure.
The new 800MHz spectrum will enable the firms to serve a much wider area as the lower frequencies offer greater geographic coverage per base station. Jon Erik Haug, CEO of Telenor Denmark, commented: ‘Mobile broadband data communication will become more and more important for Danish telecom customers over the next few years. The spectrum we have acquired today will allow us to reach even more Danes with 4G data connections. So the 800MHz licence is a key element of fulfilling our ambition to create Denmark’s best network in terms of both voice and data.’