Bird & Bird Advise Swedish Post and Telecom Agency on 3G Licence Case Win

02 July 2001

The Stockholm office of International law firm, Bird & Bird, advised the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency ('PTS') on their successful defence of a case brought by Telecoms operators, Reach Out Mobile (ROM), Telenordia and Telia.

The case, one of the largest and most complex to be heard before the County Administrative Court in Stockholm, related to the PTS decision on 16 December 2000, to award four 3G licences to Europolitan, H13G, Orange and Tele2. ROM, Telenordia and Telia applied but failed to secure licences; this was despite the fact that state run Telia, controls over 50 per cent of the Swedish domestic market.

The unsuccessful applicants subsequently brought a case against the PTS and the four companies who had been awarded licences, on the grounds that the PTS had been wrong in its assessment of the companies' respective applications.

The Court found that the decision by the PTS was not wrong on formal grounds, nor was it wrong with regard to the three complainant companies. The Court held that the PTS had reached the correct decision in awarding licences to Europolitan, H13G, Orange and Tele2. The case brought by ROM, Telenordia and Telia was therefore dismissed.

Stockholm Managing Partner, Michael Frie, led the Bird & Bird team advising PTS which comprised partner Börje Ryhn and associates Hampus Vallien and Maria Lindblad.

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