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Tele2 Gets 4GHz Wireless License in U.K.

The U.K's Radiocommunications Agency confirmed Friday that it has awarded a license to Tele2 (UK) Ltd. to provide fixed wireless access services in the 4GHz frequency band.

FWA provides fast Internet access as a radio-based alternative to fixed "local loop" line networks.

Tele2 UK is a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular (MIC), one of the pioneers of wireless telecommunications. The Tele2 Group is currently building an advanced pan-European telecommunications network for national and international long distance telephony.

Tele2 (UK) Ltd. will launch the new 4GHz service in the Leicester area and has plans to introduce a similar service in the Nottingham, Bradford and Leeds areas in the coming months.

Visitors to Tele2's Web site will see that the company has already been offering trials of its services on a strictly local basis in the Thames Valley. Its pricing structure, however, may well be affected by BT's introduction of ADSL services from July onwards.

With Tele2, a permanent 128kbps connection to the Internet currently costs £65 ($104) per month, while BT's faster ADSL connection, using the local loop, will cost 30 per cent less.

Until recently the 4GHz frequency band was managed by BT, which has now returned it to the Radiocommunications Agency under an agreement to transfer all of the fixed link spectrum to RA. It is currently used by terrestrial point-to-point microwave fixed links and satellite earth stations.

In Scandinavia Tele2 has over half a million Internet customers and is the main alternative provider of telephony services.