Elisa Challenges EMT's 4G Coverage Claims ({{commentsTotal}})

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Telecom company Elisa has said, based on tests it conducted, that its competitor EMT has not reached its stated goal of providing 4G network coverage to 95 percent of Estonia as it claimed yesterday.

Elisa executives say that EMT has fallen around 20 percent short of the goal.

“On our testing route, in one fifth of the cases, we did not achieve the required 5 meg speed signal strength. In some places we got no signal at all,” Elisa's CEO Sami Seppänen told ETV yesterday.

The Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority is investigating whether Elisa's information is correct.

“The coverage has likely been achieved. We've been presented with technical maps where the 95-percent coverage is shown and we are currently checking its validity. Multiple teams are driving across Estonia, checking the base data and connection speeds,” the Technical Surveillance Authority's Oliver Gailan said.

EMT yesterday claimed that the company had completed its goal of covering 95 percent of Estonia with the fourth generation mobile communication standard. This was achieved by building 199 base stations and acquiring the right to operate on the 800 megahertz frequency band.

Telecom companies Elisa, Tele 2 and Starman have all shown interest to develop their 4G network on the same band, but only two more licenses for that frequency will be issued.