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Ofcom cuts back proposed spectrum price hike

UK communications regulator Ofcom has responded to criticism over its proposal to increase annual licence fees for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum in the UK with a reduced proposal and the promise of a further consultation before the plan is finalised next year.

Mobiltel extends 900/1800MHz spectrum licence

Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel, said Tuesday it has extended its licence for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to 2024. The company paid €30.6m for the extension.

African LTE operator “could happily prioritise Skype traffic”

A greenfield LTE operator that has launched this year in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda would “happily prioritise Skype traffic” at the expense of standards-based voice services if that is what the market demanded, its chief operating officer has told Telecoms.com.

Qualcomm IP licensing architect to retire

Qualcomm vice chairman, Steve Altman, is to retire from the firm January 3, 2014, but will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the company.

Macedonian cellcos awarded LTE spectrum

Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, was the first of its peers to confirm the award of one of three LTE frequency blocks on Thursday.

Telenor cuts its losses in Mumbai

Norwegian operator group Telenor will cease operating in Mumbai, after being told by India’s Supreme Court to shut down its operations in the city. The operator’s Indian subsidiary, Uninor, will lose around 1.84 million customers as a result.

Ofcom sets £1.3bn reserve price for UK LTE auction

UK regulator Ofcom has released its regulations and schedule for the auction of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to be used for LTE services. The regulator has set a reserve price of £1.3bn for all available spectrum, including 2x15MHz of 1800MHz spectrum that Everything Everywhere is required to divest as part of the deal that saw it cleared to launch LTE at 1800MHz in October.

KMI licence application rejected for second time

South Korea’s telecoms regulator KCC has kicked would-be operator Korea Mobile Internet’s (KMI) licence application into touch for a second time following the latter’s failure to achieve the minimum requirements to secure the licence.

Ofcom sets out 4G licensing timeline

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has set out the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in the UK, which has been set aside for 4G technologies, most likely LTE.

Liberia awards second WiMAX licence to WAT

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority has granted a second WiMAX licence for the West African country. The 15 year licence goes to West Africa Telecommunications Incorporated (WAT) and allows the company to deploy a network to provide voice and internet services nationwide. Comium already operates a WiMAX network in the country.

Thailand 3G auction delayed by court

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a lower court ruling halting the auction of 3G licenses in the country. Last week, state run operator CAT Telecom challenged the auction propsal in court arguing that the Office of the National Telecommunication Commission did not have authority to grant spectrum until the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) – new body – has been established.

India’s 3G licensing auction finally over

After what seems like years of waiting for it to start, and weeks of bidding, India’s 3G licensing auction has finally come to a close, with the biggest winner being the government. India raked in more than $14.6bn from the process, as operators fought to get the most desired chunks of spectrum.

Telekom Austria rolls out 3G in Belarus

Telekom Austria said Wednesday that its majority owned Belarusian mobile subsidiary, Velcom, has been granted a countrywide UMTS license for a price of €9.5m.


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