Spain’s cellcos consider joint bid for mobile TV licence

20 Jul 2006

Telefónica Móviles España, Vodafone Spain and Amena, part of France Télécom España, are considering joining forces to bid for Spain’s first mobile TV licence, in an attempt to convince the government to award the licence directly to an operator rather than a third party, according to the Financial Times. If the three were to bid separately, the state could opt to offer the bandwidth to a telecoms infrastructure company, most likely Abertis, resulting in additional access costs to the operators. The bandwidth auction is currently slated for late-2006 or early-2007. The FT draws a parallel with this year’s mobile TV licence auction in Finland, when broadcaster Digita beat the nation’s cellcos to secure the concession.