Bouygues cries foul on government’s 4G licence plan

27 Jun 2011

Reuters reports that Bouygues Telecom has petitioned the country’s supreme court to intervene in a dispute over government-imposed terms and conditions on the sale of so-called ‘4G’ wireless licences, claiming the proposals could cost mobile operators up to EUR1.7 billion (USD2.4 billion). Citing local newspaper Le Figaro, Reuters says the operator has submitted its complaint to the French Council of State, amid concerns that success 4G licensees will have to compensate viewers of digital terrestrial television (DTT) services who suffer from interference from 4G mobile signals. Bouygues Telecom declined to comment on the report, but it is understood the firm believes that the stipulation is illegal and would bring into question the whole 4G tender process.

France, Bouygues Telecom