The Netherlands’ spectrum frequencies watchdog Agentschap Telecom (AT) has formally extended 41 frequency licences for the provision of public electronic communication services in the country, according to government gazette Staatscourant. The decision was taken on 2 January and relates to the extension of 2G GSM mobile operating licences in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands in the country. KPN Mobile The Netherlands, Vodafone Netherlands and T-Mobile Netherlands will each pay almost EUR4 million (USD5.3 million) per 100kHz for the 900MHz licences, while the 1800MHz concessions will cost EUR930,000 per 100kHz. The four auction winners had until 9 January to pay for the licences, having submitted deposits before the auction began.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the announcement follows the recent successful conclusion of multi-band spectrum frequency licences for 4G services in the Netherlands, which raised EUR3.8 billion for government coffers, significantly more than the EUR480 million estimate. KPN’s mobile arm along with the other two incumbents – Vodafone and T-Mobile – each won 4G spectrum, as did new market entrant Tele2 of Sweden. Domestic cable operators Ziggo and UPC, which both have a strong presence in the broadband market had planned to bid jointly, but pulled out when the bidding price went too high.