Tele2 said to be preparing Austrian 4G bid

20 Mar 2013

Swedish-backed Tele2 will bid for a 4G mobile licence in Austria later this year in an auction which will include spectrum set aside for a new mobile entrant, reports Dow Jones Newswires, citing ‘informed’ sources quoted by Austrian newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt. Following Monday’s announcement by the Regulatory Authority for Telecoms & Broadcasting (RTR) that it hoped to strengthen competition in the market by reserving frequencies for a potential new operator, Wirtschaftsblatt said that Tele2 aimed to expand its services in the country into the quadruple-play bundled internet, TV, fixed and mobile segment. As reported by CommsUpdate, Austria’s Telekom Control Commission (TKK) will hold its largest auction of radio frequencies to date in September 2013, with a total of 28 spectrum blocks in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands going under the hammer. Minimum bids for the entire spectrum allocation will generate EUR526 million (USD680 million); EUR45.6 million of the total is accounted for by spectrum reserved for a new mobile entrant

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Tele2 Austria is the country’s third largest fixed telephony operator and also the third largest fixed broadband provider by subscribers, behind UPC Austria in each case, while it sold its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) division to Telekom Austria in 2007 to concentrate on infrastructure-based fixed services. However, CommsUpdate reported in August 2012 that Tele2 Austria CEO Alfred Pufitsch was considering several options to return to the mobile market and expand the telco’s product portfolio, including a potential new MVNO deal with H3G Austria, but also hinted that Tele2 may consider bidding for Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable frequencies in the upcoming multi-band auction tentatively scheduled for this autumn, in order to offer a ‘comprehensive service.’

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