Three existing cellcos apply for 800MHz/2600MHz licences

17 Sep 2014

Greece’s National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) has announced that on the deadline of 15 September 2014 it received three applications for 4G mobile licences in the 800MHz (digital dividend) and 2600MHz spectrum bands, from the country’s trio of existing cellcos Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas. The announcement on the EETT’s website did not add any further details at this stage, but as previously reported by CommsUpdate a bidding contest is scheduled for late-September or early-October, while the EETT has set the starting price for each of six 2×5MHz blocks in the prime 800MHz (791MHz-821MHz, 932MHz-862MHz) range at EUR51.5 million (USD69.1 million), meaning that the digital dividend auction should raise a minimum of EUR309 million. The 800MHz/2600MHz auction as a whole has a minimum bid value of EUR380 million. A final list of qualified bidders – which is virtually guaranteed to include all three existing operators – will be announced on 25 September.