Smart offered fourth 3G licence

17 Nov 2005

Irish telecoms watchdog ComReg has offered the country’s fourth 3G licence to fixed line operator Smart Telecom. Smart beat applications from eircom and Meteor Mobile, judged on a number of criteria including speed of network rollout and coverage plans. If Smart formally accepts the ‘class B’ licence it will be required to launch services by 30 April 2007, with 33% population coverage by end-October 2009, rising to 53% by 2011. The 3G spectrum access fee is EUR114.3 million, with annual spectrum and admin charges of up to EUR2.5 million. Hutchison Whampoa, Vodafone and O2 hold Ireland’s other 3G licences.