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Mobile frequency tender to be opened to existing three players

Hungary's minister in charge of telecommunications Pal Szabo has initiated changes to regulations that will open a tender for mobile telecommunications frequencies to the market's three biggest players, the Ministry of Transportation, Telecommunications and Energy Affairs said.

Earlier the tender excluded T-Mobile, Pannon GSM and Vodafone, which use the 3.5 GHz frequency, from bidding. The three companies complained because of their exclusion, against which, according to press reports, Hungary's competition office GVH also had objections.

Szabó also asked the National Communications Authority (NHH) to extend the tender deadline by 15 days from November 28.

NHH announced a tender for new mobile telecommunications frequencies on October 22. The concessions are for 15 years with the possibility of a seven-and-a-half year extension.

NHH is offering two mobile phone concessions: one in the same range used by the country's existing mobile telephone companies, and the other in the 450 MHz range, which is not currently used in Hungary. NHH will also offer five concessions for the 26 GHz frequency range, which the NHH hopes will boost broadband internet coverage. (MTI – Econews)