Iliad (Free) petitions courts over 4G licensing terms

24 Aug 2011

French alternative telecoms operator Iliad (Free), which is looking to enter the market through its Free Mobile subsidiary, has filed a complaint with the country’s highest court over the terms and conditions of the upcoming auction of 4G mobile frequencies. Local daily Le Figaro does not cite its sources, but claims Iliad’s petition surrounds the payment method for the 4G licences, specifically that the stipulation to pay upfront presents an unfair advantage to bidders with bigger financial reserves. Iliad declined to comment on the rumour, although it is noteworthy that another telco – Bougyues Telecom – and several French unions have also submitted complaints over aspects of the licensing plan.

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