Does Apple hate Swedes?


Gigaom

It’s gotta suck to be an Apple(s aapl) fan living in Sweden right now. The world’s first LTE network went live in Sweden in December of 2009 – TeliaSonera beat global heavyweights Verizon(s vz)(s vod) and NTT DoCoMo by nearly a year – but Europe’s frosty north was left in the cold Wednesday at Apple’s big 4G iPhone launch.

“Sweden’s LTE customers have waited nearly 3 years, but still didn’t get [the 4G] iPhone,” GSM Association director of technology Dan Warren told me in a Twitter conversation. “In fact anyone with 2.6GHz or 800MHz has missed out.”

The airwaves Warren referenced are the primary 4G bands available to European operators, and both were left unsupported in all three versions on the iPhone 5 Apple revealed today. Europe didn’t miss out on Apple’s new LTE love completely. Operators deploying 4G in the 1800 MHz bands such as Everything Everywhere

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