New spectrum auction delayed until at least September 2013

11 Oct 2012

Austria’s planned auction of supplementary mobile spectrum is not likely to happen until September 2013, Georg Serentschy, president of the Regulatory Authority for Telecoms and Broadcasting (RTR) has admitted to local media outlets. Previously, in April 2012 the RTR’s sister organisation – Telekom Control Commission (TKK) – revealed that it had suspended publishing a tender document for the joint allocation of frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands. The decision was made in the wake of the proposed takeover of Orange Austria by Hutchison Whampoa’s H3G Austria unit, with the TKK saying that it was unwilling to launch a tender for the spectrum while the controversial acquisition had yet to be finalised.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September 2010 the TKK announced the completion of an initial spectrum auction, in which a total of 14 paired and nine unpaired frequency blocks in the 2.6GHz band were offered, with bids starting at EUR7.4 million (USD9.5 million). The TKK reportedly raised a total of EUR39.5 million from the sale process, which all of Austria’s mobile network operators participated in.