Telenet and VOO confirm mobile market exit

18 Jun 2014

The Belgian cable operators Telenet and VOO, which operate in the regions of Flanders and Wallonia respectively, have confirmed that they have dropped plans to utilise 2100MHz spectrum for the deployment of a 3G network, Digital TV Europe reports. The pair united under a bidding vehicle called Tecteo Telenet Bidco (TTB) in 2011 and agreed to pay EUR71.5 million (USD101 million) for a range of 2G and 3G spectrum to allow them to offer wireless services. But the firms now say that changing market conditions and difficulties securing permission to deploy wireless towers has forced a rethink. Earlier this month Belgium’s government amended two Royal Decrees to allow the country’s telecoms regulator, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT), to redistribute 75MHz of 2G and 3G spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands that had been awarded to TTB in June 2011.