CTU to auction 4G spectrum, report says

19 Jan 2012

Telecoms regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has revealed plans to auction 4G frequencies in the country and hopes to encourage a fourth player to enter the market, Reuters reports. The watchdog said yesterday that the winner of the newly available spectrum will be expected to build out a fourth-generation network within three years, covering 90% of the 10.5 million-strong population. A spokesman for the CTU is quoted as saying the frequencies could go to an incumbent operator, or to a new entrant. ‘In theory the frequencies may be acquired by a new entity on the market, for whom the range [of frequencies] will allow them to offer not only data but fully fledged voice services as well,’ Frantisek Malina said. A preliminary consultation on the 4G auction will begin in March and is expected to raise ‘billions of crowns’ for the state coffers.

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