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All mobile providers win blocks in frequency auction - paper

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All three players present on Hungary’s mobile telecommunications market have won frequency blocks in an auction for parts of the 900 MHz band, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Friday without citing any sources.

Magyar Telekom won 2 MHz of frequency in the band with a bid of HUF 10.92bn, Vodafone also won 2 MHz, bidding HUF 15.67bn, and Telenor won 1.8 MHz with a bid of HUF 7.29bn, the paper said.

Hungary’s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) announced the auction for the frequencies on August 4. It offered a 5MHz "A" frequency block at a starting price of net HUF 4bn. It offered 1MHz "B" frequency blocks at a starting price of HUF 700m apiece, and 0.8MHz "C" frequency blocks at a starting price of HUF 560m.

NMHH accepted the registrations of the three companies that share Hungary’s mobile telecommunications market at present - Magyar Telekom, Telenor Magyarorszag and Vodafone Magyarorszag - as well as of a newcomer, a consortium of the state-owned Magyar Posta, the Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) and a unit of the Hungarian Development Bank (MFB).

NMHH said it excluded a Romanian company and a Vietnamese company from bidding in the frequency auction because of shortfalls in their registrations to participate. Romania’s RCS and RDS failed to meet a requirement concerning market regulator fees and Viettel Group’s registration contained "several serious formal deficiencies that could not be corrected", the authority said.

The deadline for registering to participate in the auction for frequency blocks in the 900 MHz band was December 8. The bidding period started January 5, NMHH said earlier.

Participants may win no more than a combined 7.8MHz in the band.

The results of the auction are to be announced by January 31.

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