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Hungary govt to auction new mobile licences

31 марта 2011

The Hungarian government is auctioning licenses for additional frequencies in the 900 MHz band for mobile telecoms which could give the winner a lucrative system linking to other global providers, the development ministry said Tuesday.

The auction will provide licenses for additional frequencies in the 900 MHz band and could be available by the end of the third quarter of 2011, said the ministry.

An auction is one of several possibilities for selling the frequency licenses, the ministry said, adding it would decide on the exact timing "soon." It will also begin drafting legislation that requires future buyers of the frequency to use the universal mobile telecommunications system, or UMTS, which is compatible with the EU-standard global system for mobile communications, or GSM.

The government aims to boost competition on the mobile telecommunications market with the sale of the frequency licenses, the ministry said.

Radio frequencies used for mobile telecoms networks differ across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Within Europe, the Nordic countries previously centered on the 450 MHz band. However, as user numbers have grown, telecoms providers have introduced new frequencies for their networks to meet demand.

Magyar Telekom Nyrt., the Hungarian unit of Deutsche Telekom AG; and the Hungarian units of the U.K.-based Vodafone and Norway's Telenor ASA hold rights for frequencies in the 900 MHz band.

Источник: Total Telecom

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