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Vodafone sues media authority

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Vodafone Magyarország lodged a claim against the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) on Wednesday over infringement of the contract signed by the authority, but remains confident that it will reach an out-of-court agreement with NMHH, Vodafone told MTI. Vodafone decided to sue the media authority after no agreement was reached on extending its frequency license when it expires in October next year. NMHH announced on April 8 that it did not intend to extend automatically frequency licenses when they expire in the coming years. The authority said this would be a first step to putting cooperation with mobile companies on a new strategic foundation. Vodafone holds the position, however, that the only lawful option is to extend its frequency license contract without any discrimination. The company cites the effective contract signed by the media authority, in which, the statement said, “the Hungarian state agreed that it would not discriminate among the three mobile phone service providers, and, furthermore, that it would not set more disadvantageous conditions in respect of Vodafone when extending the frequency license than it did when extending the licenses of Magyar Telekom and Telenor in 2007.”

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