Orange asks for Swedish 3G rain check

All we're asking is another three years...

All we're asking is another three years...

Orange is to delay the launch of its 3G service in Sweden claiming it needs more time to ready the network. The mobile phone company has asked the Swedish authorities to allow it to postpone the launch for three years so it can build the extra network capacity needed to service a nationwide service, according to reports in this morning's Financial Times. In addition to asking for a delay Orange requested to have its roll out coverage obligations lowered from 8.3 million to 8.86 million. The news serves as another blow to European 3G services. Only two weeks ago Finland's Sonera and Spain's Telefonica pulled out of a joint venture to develop a 3G network in Germany. Sweden's four other licence holders, Telia, Tele2, Vodafone and Hi3G, have yet to request a delay. If Orange fails to negotiate a postponement it could face a large fi