France's Iliad takes price war into 4G market

France’s Iliad has made clear that it plans to continue being a thorn in the side of the country’s incumbent operators by unveiling a range of low-cost tariffs for its new 4G service.

The operator says a 4G service will now be available to consumers for as little as €19.99 ($27.15) a month, or €15.99 for customers who already subscribe to its internet services.

The tariff includes 20GB of monthly data usage and Iliad claims its price is just a fifth of fees being charged by rivals for a comparable service.

Hungary announces plans for 4G spectrum tender

Hungary’s telecoms authorities have announced plans to sell licenses for unused spectrum that could be used to support 4G services in an effort to boost competition in the market.

In a statement published this week, the NMHH – which regulates Hungary’s telecoms market – said it would tender unused frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 26GHz bands.

H3G joins T-Mobile Austria in telco auction appeal

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Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian telecoms unit said it would appeal against the result of a spectrum auction that cost the country's three carriers 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

The auction, Europe's most expensive per head of population for fourth-generation (4G) frequencies, took place under strict conditions that allowed the parties no knowledge of each others' bids to minimize the danger of collusion.

New agreement gets Pentagon closer to clearing airwaves for sale

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The Defense Department has reached an agreement with the broadcasting industry on sharing some radio airwaves, making progress toward President Barack Obama's goal of clearing more valuable spectrum for mobile networks.

Obama directed federal agencies in June to look for ways to give up or share with the private sector more of the airwaves they control, three years after his call to open up 500 megahertz (MHz) of federal spectrum for commercial use to satisfy growing demands from data-hungry devices and services.

T-Mobile US eyes airwaves buy from Verizon Wireless: source

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T-Mobile US is looking to buy wireless airwaves from larger rival Verizon Wireless to bolster its mobile network capacity for data services, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

While T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) has approached Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) about buying the spectrum, the process is still in the early stages, according to the source, who asked not to be named. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Newcomers miss out in Czech 4G mobile licence auction

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The three existing Czech mobile operators, Telefonica Czech Republic, T-Mobile and Vodafone, won an auction of radio spectrum for 4G high-speed mobile data networks, the telecoms regulator said on Tuesday.

The regulator, CTU, said two newcomers, Revolution Mobile and Sazka Telecommunications, did not win any frequencies - a surprise given that auction conditions included setting aside space for a fourth operator.

Belgacom, Mobistar, Base buy Belgian 4G mobile licenses

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Belgian telecoms companies Belgacom and Mobistar and Dutch KPN's BASE said on Tuesday they bought licences to operate super-fast 4G mobile services in Belgium for 120 million euros ($161.25 million) each.

The 20-year licences for 800 Megahertz (MHz) spectrum were auctioned by the Belgian telecoms regulator, which had already said at the start of October that there were three bidders for three licences.

T-Mobile considering buying spectrum from private party

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T-Mobile US Inc is considering buying spectrum from an unidentified private party and would use some of the proceeds of a planned $2 billion share offering to finance such a deal, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.

On Monday, after the market close, the company announced an offering of up to roughly 72 million shares and said it could buy wireless airwaves using proceeds from the sale. The share sale could represent the fourth biggest secondary offering so far this year, according to Reuters data.

EE becomes first UK operator to launch LTE-Advanced

EE has become the first of the UK’s mobile operators to launch services based on Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A), the next-generation standard that represents an evolution of the 4G LTE technology now taking off in the UK market.

The network is being rolled out across what is known as London Tech City in the east of the capital and will provide connection speeds of up to 300Mbps, according to EE.
Services are not, however, available on a commercial basis.

PPF Group to pay 2.5 billion euros for Telefonica Czech Republic: report

Investment firm PPF Group is on the verge of agreeing a €2.5 billion ($3.38 billion) deal to acquire a controlling stake in Telefonica’s Czech business, reports the Financial Times.

According to sources cited by the UK newspaper, the companies are set to reach an agreement over the next few days.

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) has been reported to be looking for a buyer of its 66% stake in Telefonica Czech Republic ever since regulatory authorities decided to reserve spectrum in a forthcoming frequency auction for a new entrant to the telecoms sector.

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