PTA revokes IceCell’s number block authorisation

16 Sep 2014

Icelandic telecoms regulator, the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA), has revoked the authorisation granted to start-up operator IceCell to use a series of number blocks beginning with the prefixes ‘536’, ‘642’ and ‘652’. According to a press release from the regulator, Decision No. 22/2014 was taken following IceCell’s non-payment of its mandatory fees, and the illegal transfer of the aforementioned number blocks to telecoms company ICEL. The regulator pointed out that IceCell violated the Electronic Communications Act. 81/2003 (Par. 2, Art. 7) by assigning the number blocks to another operator without notifying the authority. Further, the PTA also said that due to the severity of the offence, the IceCell would reportedly be referred to the country’s legal authorities.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, IceCell was awarded a GSM-1800 licence in April 2007 free of charge, with the would-be operator required to cover 90% of the population within three years. Subsequently, IceCell cancelled its plans for a rollout after deciding that it would not get sufficient return on its investment; its licence was eventually revoked in March 2010.