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Hungary supreme court could wait till next year to consider frequency auction appeal

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The Kúria, Hungary's supreme court, expects to consider an appeal of a decision annulling the results of a recent frequency auction in the first quarter of next year, business daily Napi Gazdaság said on Monday. The Budapest Municipal Court ruled in September that the newly established state-owned telco MPVI had unlawfully won the right to build its own network. The court said that according to the annex of the government decree effective at the time, the frequency that MPVI obtained cannot be allocated to a state-owned company. The court also ruled that Hungary's three existing mobile telcos - who contested the results of the frequency auction in court - were unlawfully awarded new frequency blocks. A decision on whether the National Media and Communications Authority's (NMHH) must restore the situation to its original state or call a new tender was outside of the court's competency.

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