Switzerland to auction three BWA licences

29 Nov 2005

Switzerland’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced plans to award three broadband wireless access (BWA) licences. The new concessions cover the use of spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz frequency range; two licences will each have bandwidth of 2×21MHz while the third will have 2×17.5MHz. All licences will be valid until 31 December 2016, and include minimum rollout conditions stipulating that commercial operations must be launched by 31 December 2007 and at least 120 transmission/reception units must be in operation by the end of 2009. Companies which already own a licence in the frequency band are excluded from the auction. This ruling applies to Priority Wireless, a unit of Cablecom, which obtained a wireless in the local loop (WiLL) concession for the same range of frequencies in March 2000.

Switzerland, UPC Switzerland