ComReg appeals against High Court order granting stay on planned spectrum auction

3 Aug 2022

Following the news that Ireland’s High Court had last month had made an order granting a stay on the auction of spectrum in several bands which had been scheduled to start on 25 July 2022, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has now launched an appeal against that ruling. In a press release announcing the development, ComReg confirmed it had lodged its appeal on 25 July, while noting that on 29 July the Court of Appeal made directions setting down the appeal for hearing on 19 October 2022.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Three Ireland asked the High Court to halt the multi-band spectrum auction in early July, while it awaited judgment on its main challenge to ComReg’s December 2020 decision to auction the rights across the 700MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands. With the sale process set to utilise a ‘combinatorial clock’ format – whereby participants bid on generic lots of spectrum, rather than individual lots – Three has claimed this format would put it at a competitive disadvantage.