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Hungary pushes back registration deadline for frequency tender

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Hungary's National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) on Friday said it pushed back the deadline for registering to participate in a tender for 15-year frequency licenses in the 900MHz band from October 20 to December 8, 2011.

The NMHH pushed back the deadline at the request of interested telecommunications service providers who said they needed more time than that allowed in the original documentation to take decisions on whether to participate in the tender as well as to draw up the required business plan, it said.

Complying with the requests, the NMHH said it was changing the timeframe for the entire tender. Originally, the winners were to have been announced on November 22 and the tender closed on December 12. Now the tender will be closed on January 31, 2012.

The NMHH announced the tender for the frequencies on August 4. A 5MHz "A" frequency block is being offered at a starting price of net HUF 4bn. 1MHz "B" frequency blocks are being offered at a starting price of HUF 700m apiece, and 0.8MHz "C" frequency blocks are being offered at a starting price of HUF 560m.

Bidding will take place in the first phase of the tender. Blocks will be assigned in the second phase.

The winner of the "A" block will also get an option for three 1,800MHz blocks and three 2,100MHz blocks.

If the first round of the tender is closed without result, bids may again be submitted for the "A", "B" and "C" blocks in the second round.

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

At present, the only mobile telecommunications service providers in Hungary are Deutsche Telekom unit Magyar Telekom, and the units of Telenor and Vodafone.

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