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Wednesday, 12.03.2014, 17:05
New frequency brings Estonia to the top of Europe in 4G
The company's manager Valdo Kalm said that just Singapore and South Korea have achieved that in the world, while in Europe, Estonia is the first one.
So far, Estonian telecommunication operators used 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequency areas for fourth generation data communications. Recently the state held the contest for the first 4G licence in the 800 MHz area that earlier was used by analogue television. The winner, EMT promised to launch service in the frequency area on June 16 latest. As the winner of the contest, EMT had to install at least 199 base stations and cover 95% of the state's territory outside cities, guaranteeing downloading data speed of at last 5 Mbps for final consumers.
Competing mobile operator Elisa announced Monday evening that based on measuring by OÜ Pemetel, EMT had not managed to stick to the deadline, i.e. that by Monday afternoon over 20% of the Estonian territory was not covered with the new 4G area. Thus, Elisa's CEO Sami Seppänen said EMT should be deprived of the 800 MHz 4G licence.
The Technical Supervision Board said on Tuesday that it will be conducting its own measuring of the network this week and will announce of the results by the end of this week or the start of the next week.
The state will hold two more contests for licences of the 800 MHz frequency, for which there are three contestants, Elisa, Tele2 and Starman.