On 11 November, telecoms industry regulator the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) formally launched its auction of fourth-generation mobile frequencies, with the aim of closing bids by December. In a statement this week, the CTU confirmed that five companies are in the frame for licences, including the three incumbents – Telefonica O2 CR, T-Mobile CR and Vodafone CR – and two would-be newcomers, Revolution Mobile, previously a subsidiary of the financial group PPF, and Sazka Communications (formerly known as Tasciane), which is understood to be controlled by local entrepreneur Karel Komarek’s KKCG Group. The watchdog is auctioning spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, and hopes to generate around CZK8.72 billion (USD433 million) for state coffers.
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