Warid Telecom wins Georgian WiMAX licence

21 Nov 2007

Warid Telecom (Georgia) has won a licence to use frequencies in the 3.5GHz range for WiMAX provision in the Caucasus state, reports Interfax. The concession was offered in an auction by the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) following spectrum requests by Warid and another company, Dzheomaksi. Five other telecoms outfits also participated in the sale, United Telecom of Georgia, Tele-no, Black Sea Telecom, MagtiCom and Telecom Georgia (Sakartvelos Telekomi). Bidding started at GEL1.66 million (USD940,000) and Warid’s winning offer was GEL17.01 million. Licence conditions stipulate that Warid must launch services within twelve months, and ensure coverage of all twelve regions within three years.