Telecoms regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) has revealed plans to auction 4G frequencies in the country and hopes to encourage a fourth player to enter the market, Reuters reports. The watchdog said yesterday that the winner of the newly available spectrum will be expected to build out a fourth-generation network within three years, covering 90% of the 10.5 million-strong population. A spokesman for the CTU is quoted as saying the frequencies could go to an incumbent operator, or to a new entrant. ‘In theory the frequencies may be acquired by a new entity on the market, for whom the range [of frequencies] will allow them to offer not only data but fully fledged voice services as well,’ Frantisek Malina said. A preliminary consultation on the 4G auction will begin in March and is expected to raise ‘billions of crowns’ for the state coffers.
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