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TeliaSonera Taps FTTH Brakes

9:20 AM -- Telia Company said today that its plan to roll out more fiber-based high-speed Internet access in Sweden has been delayed by uncertainties about price regulation, as the operator reported second-quarter financial results. (See TeliaSonera Reports Q2 and Euronews: July 20.)

TeliaSonera CEO Lars Nyberg said this morning during a media and analyst briefing that he was not against the Swedish regulator National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) 's decision to require open access for fiber networks, but that he could not invest heavily if he did not know the price he would be allowed to charge. (See Cisco Wins Swedish FTTH Gig, European Minnow Boasts Fastest FTTH, and Swedes Top Euro FTTH Ranking.)

"We're obliged to open up fiber to everybody; we're fine with that and I have no problem with that," said Nyberg. "The big issue is how the pricing is going to be determined. So I reserve my final opinion until I understand what that means. We will require clarity on the pricing models."

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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