BIPT extends deadline for 3G bid

9 Jun 2011

Belgium’s telecoms regulator, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT), has announced that the sole potential bidder for the country’s fourth 3G licence will be given more time to finalise its offer for the concession. Having last month approved the application from Tecteo Telenet Bidco (TTB), a partnership between cable operator Telenet and the Tecteo Group, which owns Walloon-based cableco VOO, the regulator has now revealed that the JV will have until 27 June to submit a final offer for the licence. The delay to the process reportedly comes on the back of a request by TTB for additional time to consider its bid.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the BIPT called for submissions for the UMTS licence on 15 March 2011, and potential bidders were given until 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.