CTU contacts potential 4G bidders

24 Apr 2012

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has reportedly approached a number of domestic and international companies with the terms and conditions of its forthcoming sale of 4G mobile frequencies, according to the Euro citing the agency’s head Pavel Dvorak. The Czech watchdog has written to telecoms operators such as China Mobile and financial groups including Czech private equity firms PPF, KKCG and J&T Finance Group, the weekly newspaper added. The CTU is working proactively in the hope it will be able to entice a new operator to enter the Czech mobile market.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that the Czech Republic hopes to raise a minimum CZK9.2 billion (USD494 million) for state coffers through the auctioning off of additional mobile frequencies. The national regulator is looking to sell blocks of spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands to allow the incumbent mobile operators to develop 4G networks in the Republic, and possibly allow for a new entrant to launch in the market. The Czech mobile sector is currently divided between three players – Telefonica O2 CR, T-Mobile CR and Vodafone’s local unit. The frequencies on offer can be purchased by the existing cellcos in order to add 4G services to their service portfolios. The 1800MHz band is reserved for a possible new entrant.

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