France postpones 3G tender to review terms and conditions

30 Apr 2009

AFP reports that the French authorities have pushed back a tender for a fourth 3G mobile operating licence in order to examine the terms and conditions of the award. The move follows warnings from incumbents that they would seek redress in the courts if the price set by the government for the concession is ‘too low’. French Secretary of State for Industry Luc Chatel said in an interview on Radio Classique ‘We have decided, just to be absolutely sure on this point, to request a new study on the total price of the licence … We have asked the commission in charge of evaluating state assets to check that this amount corresponds clearly to the price of the fourth licence.’ The French official said the tender would take place ‘by the summer’ and is expected to cost EUR206 million (USD273 million).