Czechs axe 4G tender, says bids too high

Mar 08, 2013
Woman looks at mobile phones on display on May 7, 2010 in Prague. The Czech CTU telecommunications watchdog cancels its first auction of 4G mobile frequencies, saying bids were too high, which would mean high consumer costs in the future.

The Czech CTU telecommunications watchdog said Friday it had cancelled its first-ever auction of fourth-generation mobile frequencies, saying the bids it had received were too high and would mean overly high service costs for future consumers.

Offers which topped 20 billion koruna (786 million euros, $1 billion) were "economically unrealistic" as customers would eventually have to pay for it, the CTU said in a statement.

The watchdog received bids from the country's three —Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone—and from PPF , a unit of the Czech financial group PPF.

"The high prices would have a negative impact, leading to excessive fees for high-speed mobile internet," said Pavel Dvorak, chairman of the CTU.

Explore further: Mobile Internet and SMS blocked during exams in Uzbekistan

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Czechs launch first auction of 4G mobile frequencies

Jul 13, 2012

The Czech telecommunications watchdog CTU has launched its first auction of fourth generation mobile telephony frequencies, with a fourth mobile operator likely to enter the market, its website said on Friday.

Czechs to auction 4G mobile frequencies

Mar 19, 2012

Czech telecommunications regulators (CTU) announced Monday their intention to auction 4G mobile telephony frequencies and that a fourth mobile operator could enter the Czech market.

UK raises less than hoped from 4G mobile auction

Feb 20, 2013

The British government raised a less-than-expected amount from its 4G mobile auction that will result in five companies providing the country with super-fast mobile Internet services, a watchdog said Wednesday.

France launches 4G mobile license auction

Jun 15, 2011

France on Wednesday kicked off auctions for frequencies to build high-speed fourth generation mobile telephone networks needed to keep up with the explosion of Internet-capable smartphones.

Netherlands raises $5 billion in frequency auction

Dec 14, 2012

(AP)—The Dutch government says it has raised €3.8 billion ($5 billion) in an auction of its 4G high speed mobile Internet frequencies. Winning bids were submitted by Royal KPN NV, Vodafone PLC, Deutsche Telekom AG and ...

Recommended for you

Cruising high seas, engineers detect fake GPS signals

Jul 29, 2014

Cruising the Mediterranean aboard a superyacht, a Cornell professor and grad student took their Global Positioning System (GPS) research to the high seas. For four days in late June, they tested the newest ...

London mayor expected to say city will rock 5G by 2020

Jul 29, 2014

London mayor Boris Johnson this week will pledge to bring 5G to London in the next six years, reported The Telegraph on Monday. The pledge is part of a more extensive plan for London's infrastructure between ...

User comments : 5

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Squirrel
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2013
Odd, surely the thing to do is ake the highest bid and redistribute any "excess" to reduce the charges of groups that would be otherwise priced out. This would increase usage and so reduce the costs of everyone.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (2) Mar 09, 2013
I'm from Czech Republic too and frankly it just surprises me, someone is giving a shit about telco prices in country, which is economically as significant as Nebrasca state (no offense to Nebrascians - not quite accidentally this state also has the largest per capita population of Czech-Americans among U.S. states)...
Pkunk_
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2013
One wonder's why they wanted to auction the spectrum if they were worried about bids being "too high". All a market needs is enough players and competition between them will itself ensure that end-users get the best prices.
Too few players and even if they get spectrum for free the tendency to behave like a monopoly is very real. Surely there must be enough spectrum to support at least 5-6 players.
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (1) Mar 09, 2013
Surely there must be enough spectrum to support at least 5-6 players.
Isn't it too expensive to have 5-6 transceivers with signals commuted/interfered instead of 2-3? The plurality gets its own price in small countries.
la7dfa
not rated yet Mar 09, 2013
Good to hear the Czech goverment using their brains on the behalf of the population. Absolutely free competition is not always best for the population or price level.