Swisscom wins broadband wireless access licence

8 Jun 2006

Switzerland’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom), has awarded Swisscom a licence for broadband wireless access.The ten-year concession will cost the telco CHF6.1 million (USD5 million) and will become effective from August 2006. The Swiss regulator had been hoping to allocate three licences, two at a minimum price of CHF6.1 million each and one (with a smaller bandwidth allocation) at a minimum price of CHF5.1 million. According to ComCom, however, Swisscom was the only company to actually submit a bid; other companies – including Deutsche Breitbanddienste, Orascom Telecom, Swissphone Invest Holding and TDC Switzerland AG – expressed early interest in the licences, but chose not to participate.

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