Arcep kicks off 4G auction

15 Jun 2011

The French telecom regulator Arcep today launched the auction of fourth-generation (4G) mobile licences in the country, hoping to raise a minimum EUR2.5 billion (USD3.6 billion) for state coffers in the process. The country is one of several EU member states to be auctioning 4G mobile spectrum, which will be used to provide ultra-high speed data applications on mobile phones, PDAs and tablet PCs. Arcep has set a deadline of 15 September for bids for 2600MHz spectrum and 15 December for spectrum applications in the 800MHz band; the latter are considered the most valuable.

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