Telenor Denmark, the local unit of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, has announced that the 3G coverage in the municipalities of Naestved, Haslev and Stevns has been improved, after the number of base transceiver stations (BTS) in the areas was increased from 39 to 65. According to a press release, the improvement is due to the merger of Telenor and Telia 3G networks in the area. The two companies began work in May 2013 to combine their 2G/3G mobile networks and share infrastructure in order to improve mobile coverage throughout the country; the merger takes place in stages, and so far has reached large parts of central and western Jutland, the islands of Lolland-Falster and Bornholm. The next stage of the project is due to start in two weeks and will improve 3G coverage in Zealand, the largest and most populated island in Denmark. Telenor’s network director Richard Stigaard said: ‘We are embarking on a historic improvement of mobile coverage where in short time we will achieve improvements that would otherwise take several years to achieve, because we make use of each other’s masts, rather than build new ones.’ When the 3G merger is complete, Telenor will have 3,900 3G BTS, compared to 2,400 before the infrastructure sharing agreement began.
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