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Hungary invites bids for frequencies in 900MHz band

Hungary's National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) on Thursday published a two-round international tender for 15-year frequency licenses in the 900MHz band.

A 5MHz "A" frequency block is being offered at a starting price of net HUF 4 billion. 1MHz "B" frequency blocks are being offered at a starting price of HUF 700 million apiece, and 0.8MHz "C" frequency blocks are being offered at a starting price of HUF 560 million.

Registrations to participate in the tender must be submitted by October 20, 2011. The participation fee is HUF 40 million plus VAT.

The tender is expected to be closed on December 12, 2011.

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.