On January 10 2002 the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency invited interested companies to apply for the fourth nationwide Global system for Communication (GSM) licence. The agency plans to award the licence by June 30 2002.

The decision is designed to provide room for another mobile operator and thus promote competition in the mobile telecommunications market. Therefore, none of the current three GSM operators, Telia, Europolitan Vodafone and Tele2, will be considered for this fourth licence.

The closing date for applications was March 27 2002.

For further information on this topic please contact Rolf Olofsson or Anna Karin Pettersson at White & Case Advokat AB by telephone (+46 8 506 32300) or by fax (+46 8 611 21 22) or by email ([email protected] or [email protected]).