Three duke it out for fourth 3G concession

12 Sep 2005

Irish regulator ComReg says that three companies had submitted applications for the country’s fourth 3G mobile licence by the noon deadline on 9 September. Fixed line telcos eircom and Smart Telecom have both submitted bids for the class ‘B’ licence, as has Meteor Mobile, the cellco currently being taken over by eircom and the only mobile network operator currently without a 3G concession. ComReg says it will now consider each bid in turn before announcing a winner.

Three of the country’s four 3G concessions – two ‘B’ licences and one ‘A’ licence – were originally auctioned off in 2002, but the final ‘B’ licence remained unsold. Hutchison Whampoa holds the country’s sole A licence, while O2 Ireland and Vodafone Ireland possess B licences.

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