Cableco partnership emerges as only applicant for Belgium’s 3G licence

12 May 2011

Belgium’s telecoms regulator, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT), has revealed that the sole applicant for the auction of the country’s fourth 3G licence is Tecteo Telenet Bidco (TTB), a partnership between cable operator Telenet and the Tecteo Group, which owns Walloon-based cableco VOO. As well as unmasking the previously anonymous bidder, the regulator confirmed that it had accepted TTB’s application, noting that ‘the licence could even be granted before the start of the summer’.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the BIPT called for submissions for the UMTS licence on 15 March 2011, and potential bidders were given until 10am on 29 April to put forward their bids. Under the terms of the auction the regulator is offering 2×14.8MHz in the 2100MHz band, with a minimum bid price of EUR20,883 (USD29,954) per MHz per month, meaning that per year the cost of the licence equates to around EUR7.4 million. The concession will be valid for 20 years. Further, the winning bidder, as well as being allocated 3G frequencies, will be given the opportunity to acquire spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for an additional cost.