Estonian mobile operator Tele2 Eesti has announced the imminent closure of its legacy CDMA wireless network operating in the 450MHz band. The service, which is branded ‘Kou’ (Thunder), will be shut down on 1 January 2016. Tele2 is offering deals to migrate the remaining Kou users to its 4G LTE networks, including the offer of a free modem or router for those taking out a 24-month contract for LTE services.
Tele2 Eesti inherited the 450MHz network when it acquired business communications firm Televorgu in early 2012. Televorgu had launched its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A-based network in July 2007 and went on to claim 99.7% population coverage with the CDMA-450 system, whilst introducing a range of solutions over its infrastructure, including machine-to-machine (M2M) services. Tele2 announced in December 2014 that it would be using a broad range of spectrum to develop its existing 4G LTE services in Estonia, including the 450MHz band. It is the smallest of the country’s three cellular network operators in subscriber terms, accounting for 24.3% of the two million Estonian mobile users as of 30 June 2015, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.