UMTS operators given more time

21 Jun 2004

The Spanish government has reached agreement with the country’s four UMTS licensees to grant them more time to get their commercial service offerings off the ground, according to Dow Jones. Although the newspaper report does not indicate the length of the extension given to dominant operators Vodafone Spain and Telefónica Moviles, it did reveal that the two smallest cellcos, Auna and Xfera, now have 13 and ten years respectively from the date of receiving their licences (March 2000) to cover 98% of the Spanish population.