France keen to restart mobile frequencies tender

15 Oct 2008

The government of France is keen to launch the tender process for available mobile frequencies as soon as possible, Dow Jones reports citing a junior minister responsible for the development of the digital economy. In a meeting with the country’s telecoms watchdog Arcep, Eric Besson said he hoped the process could be implemented ‘rapidly’, adding that it should be based on criteria which take into account ‘the value of the state’s assets, coverage of territory and competition’. The minister went on to say the bidding rules should also foreground improving the market for MVNOs which accounted for just 2.513 million users at 30 June 2008. French broadband provider Iliad (Free) has consistently expressed an interest in securing the fourth 3G mobile licence to join incumbent mobile operators Orange France, SFR and Bouygues Telecom.

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