STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Swedish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera won't cooperate with Vodafone Group and Hi3G Access to finish construction of its Swedish third generation mobile network, Marie Ehrling, president of TeliaSonera Sweden told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.
TeliaSonera is cooperating with competitor Tele2 AB on the construction of a 3G network in Sweden but is unwilling to extend that to include other competitors.
Sweden's telecommunications industry regulator Monday said it would require operators to finish construction of 3G networks as planned but said it would welcome cooperation between operators to cut costs.
TeliaSonera's Ehrling said some sharing of masts already takes place on commercial terms and will continue. However, stepping up efforts to share the full network won't be considered.
"We will continue with our own plans," Ehrling said.
She added the regulator's decision to require the completion of 3G networks was wise.
Vodafone's Swedish unit and Hi3G Access had applied to the regulator for using a different, significantly cheaper, technology to complete the construction of its joint network in rural areas of Sweden.
The regulator however concluded that the two technologies to be used in such a network aren't compatible enough to provide users with adequate services.
Hi3G Access AB is owned jointly be Sweden's Investor and Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa, and operates under the 3 brand.
Hi3G Access AB and Vodafone Sweden couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
-By Magnus Hansson, Dow Jones Newswires;+46 8 545 130 91, firstname.lastname@example.org
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