After telecom company EMT covered 95 percent of Estonia with the mobile phone-accessible 4G network, its competitors Elisa and Tele2 have postponed their plans to provide the service.
In January, both Elisa and Tele2 claimed they would offer the mobile internet service in the first half of the year. The companies now say it is a poor investment choice and have changed their plans.
Elisa’s chairman Andrus Hiiepuu told uudised.err.ee the lack of 4G-supported devices is the main reason for the change in plans. The company said it aims to start selling 4G service plans in the second half of the year.
Tele2 communications head Hans Saarvelt said the company chose to save 50,000 euros in infrastructure construction costs.
"We analyzed how few users are using 4G on their mobiles and decided to save 50,000 euros of the customers' money. We will open the service at the beginning of the next year," Saarvelt said.
Before EMT’s 95-percent mobile 4G coverage, the fourth generation mobile communication technology standard was only available through routers and modems.