3G licensees given four-year extension

15 Oct 2014

KPN and the Dutch units of Vodafone and T-Mobile are to be granted extensions on their 3G mobile licences in the 2100MHz band under a notification issued by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on 7 October 2014. The current concession expiry date of 31 December 2016 will be extended by four years to 31 December 2020, as disclosed in a document published online by regulatory agency Agentschap Telecom. According to Telecompaper the decision follows a change made to rules in July of this year by the ministry, allowing the extension of licences, and will give more time for future distribution of the spectrum to be decided. There is a six-week period for interested parties to submit comments on the decision.