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Mobitel is only cellco to apply for a 4G licence, GNCC confirms

24 Dec 2014

Vimpelcom-backed Mobitel was the only mobile operator to submit an application to participate in the Georgian government’s upcoming Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum auction, the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) has confirmed, following the 19 December expiration date. The auction will take place on 29 December, and the regulator notes that Mobitel will be confirmed as the winner of the 2x 10MHz blocks in the 800MHz band provided it is willing to meet the GEL48.364 million (USD25.427 million) licence fee and the GEL2.418 million bidding fee. Going forward, the coverage obligations are as follows: 30% of all settlements with less than 5,000 people by 1 February 2016; 50% by 1 February 2017; 70% by 1 February 2018; and 90% by 1 February 2020.

Georgia, VEON Georgia (Beeline)

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