Court delays mobile licence ruling

10 Sep 2008

The Court of Appeals in Bucharest has decided to postpone making a decision on the recent award of a mobile licence to fixed line operator RomTelecom. The firm was announced as the winner of the concession, which offers spectrum in the 410MHz-415MHz and 420MHz-425MHz bands, at the start of the week. The government went ahead with the award despite the legal challenge to the auction which had been launched by cellular operators Orange, Vodafone, RCS&RDS and Zapp/Telemobil. These four firms, which were not allowed to bid in the auction, argue that the licence fee for the new permit is well below what they paid for their own cellular licences. RomTelecom is hailing the court’s decision to delay a ruling as a victory.