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NCC plans 3G auction

23 Feb 2006

Georgian regulator the National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed plans to auction a 3G licence on 21 April. It will accept bids for the concession until 6 April, and the starting price will be set at GEL8.5 million (USD4.67 million). The licence will operate in the 1910MHz-1915MHz, the 1920MHz – 1935MHz and the 2110MHz to 2125MHz frequency bands. The NCC said that the decision to issue another 3G licence was sparked by a request from GSM operator Geocell, but did not elaborate further. The Georgian mobile market is currently home to two GSM operators, Geocell and Magticom, and one CDMA operator Iberiatel. Earlier this month Virgin Islands-based cellco Bloomfin sucessfully bid GEL71.9 million (USD39.5 million) for a GSM licence.


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