T-Mobile to sue over DVB-H licence bid

30 May 2007

According to reports in the Czech Business Weekly, Czech mobile operator T-Mobile is suing the Czech Radio and Television Broadcasting Council (RRTV) over the company’s failure to secure a DVB-H licence. The cellco was unlikely to get a permit – as local media laws would have disbarred it – but T-Mobile’s law suit is designed to draw the attention of the country’s Constitutional Court to the discriminatory nature of Czech media law. Although T-Mobile was awarded a 60-day permit for a pilot trial of DVB-H last year, its application for a full licence was turned down as under local law, a mobile operator is prohibited from broadcasting either its own content or content purchased from a third party. A spokesman for the cellco’s legal team, Petr Josefi, said: ‘The lawsuit will be filed against the council, but the aim is to be able to ask the Constitutional Court whether the fact that we are not allowed to broadcast content isn’t against the Constitution. We are convinced that forbidding a great number of subjects to gain a content broadcasting license or even to register isn’t justifiable.’ T-Mobile has already lodged a complaint with the European Commission, which is understood to be currently examining the complaint.

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