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Wednesday, 07 May 2003

The UMTS Forum welcomes the announcement from Sweden this week of the launch of UMTS services by "greenfield" operator Hutchison under the brand name "3". Bringing the number of European territories where UMTS is commercially available to five, 3's Swedish announcement demonstrates growing momentum for UMTS deployments. Several further launch announcements are anticipated from European operators this year and during 2004, supported by a growing choice of WCDMA terminal designs.

3's launch in Sweden initially covers Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo as well as other smaller cities. Network coverage reaches approximately half of the Swedish population, and Hutchison is targeting population coverage of 70 per cent by this year end. Customers can make voice and video calls as well as sending picture messages and enjoying news, email and location-based services.

UMTS services have already been launched by Hutchison in Italy and the UK mainland, while Mobilkom Austria has recently increased coverage of its own UMTS network to 42%, covering the 54 largest Austrian cities. Manx Telecom also introduced UMTS services - Europe's first WCDMA network launch - last year on the Isle of Man.

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