Orange delays launch of 3G services in Sweden

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The mobile phone operator Orange yesterday confirmed it was planning to postpone the launch of its third-generation, or 3G, mobile phone service in Sweden.

The mobile phone operator Orange yesterday confirmed it was planning to postpone the launch of its third-generation, or 3G, mobile phone service in Sweden.

The PTS, Sweden's telecoms authority, said Orange was planning to postpone the roll-out of 3G in the country for another three-and-a-half years.

"Orange has sent us an application which implies a postponement of the 3G build-out until 31 December, 2006," Hans Brandstrom, head of the PTS's mobile telecoms services unit, said.

While a spokesman for Orange confirmed the company had filed for an extension of the roll-out of its 3G mobile phone network in Sweden, he would not comment on the reason behind the delay. "Orange Sweden will be engaging in discussions with the PTS on this issue," he said.

Orange, which was awarded a 3G licence in Sweden in 2000, was expected to have the new 3G system up and running in that country by the end of next year.

3G mobile phone services are expected to bring new services to users such as faster internet access and watching video clips on handsets.

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