Regulator mulls changes to GSM licences

27 Jun 2005

The Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes says it is triggering the renewal process for Vodafone and TMN’s GSM-900 and DSC-1800 mobile frequencies and using the opportunity to better safeguard consumers’ rights by stiffening the obligations imposed upon the licensees. The regulator wants to take advantage of the renewal process to reinforce coverage obligations and better define ‘quality of service indicators’ for GSM operators’ data services. The country’s GSM mobile licences were originally issued for 15 years. Vodafone’s concession expires in October 2006, followed by TMN in 2007 and Optimus in 2012.