Norwegian mobile network operator Ice.net is expected to unveil details of its expansion plans shortly, according to Reuters, with Eivind Helgaker, the managing director of the cellco, cited as saying: ‘Within a month we’ll be able to tell more about which suppliers we’ve chosen and which services we’ll deliver.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2013 Access Industries, Ice.net’s parent company, was revealed as the company behind Telco Data, which earlier that same month had been named as one of the winners in the state’s 800MHz/900MHz/1800MHz frequency auction. With Telco Data’s corporate backing having been made public knowledge, local telecoms regulator the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) said it believed that the results of the auction would boost competition in the country’s wireless sector.
However, Ice.net has yet to confirm whether or not it plans to offer voice services, with Mr Helgaker noting: ‘There’s no doubt that voice services are exciting in the Norwegian market. If you look at Norwegian telecoms revenues you’ll see that a very large part is tied to voice … But the general development in telecoms is that the only service operators actually put a price on is data. Customers buy packages where voice and text messaging are free, and with a certain quantity of data.’