Rolf Olofsson August 28 2002 New Players Enter Telecoms Market White & Case | Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media - Sweden Rolf Olofsson Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media Fixed Wireless Access Licences Fourth GSM Licence Allocated Fixed Wireless Access LicencesOn June 25 2002 the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency invited companies to participate in a 'beauty contest' for licences for fixed wireless access.Fixed wireless access is a variant of wireless broadband used to offer telecommunications and data services to both consumers and businesses. Transmissions are enabled via radio links and allow for the transfer of audio and data. Fixed wireless access can, for example, be used for rapid internet access.The allocation of licences comprises 42 county-based licences equally divided between the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band and the 10.5 GHz band, plus one national licence in the 27.0 GHz band.The final date to apply for the national licence is September 23 2002, and for the county-based licences November 11 2002.Fourth GSM Licence AllocatedOn January 10 2002 the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency invited applications for the fourth national Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) licence, in order to promote competition among the existing operators in the mobile telecommunications market. Following the agency's decision in late May 2002, the current GSM operators - Telia, Vodafone and Tele2 - will now be joined by a fourth competitor, SweFour AB. SweFour is owned by the venture capital company BrainHeart Capital AB.SweFour has promised to cover at least 178,000 people using its own infrastructure by the end of 2003. SweFour will not become another mobile operator offering subscriptions to customers. Instead it plans to offer net capacity to companies and operators that lack capacity of their own. 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]). aspx">disclaimer.