The Czech Telecommunication Office (Cesky Telekomunikacni Urad, CTU) yesterday announced its intention to auction the remaining frequencies in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands in the express hope that the move will ‘contribute to the efficient use of the entire range of the pertinent part of these spectrum bands, to create conditions for the further development of mobile broadband, and thus support competition’. The CTU has published the details of the tender documentation on its website, noting that the conditions of the tender lay down specific requirements for population coverage, the requirement for winners to provide minimum data transmission speeds of 5Mbps over the seven-year term of the award, and commitments to supply national roaming and wholesale offers – akin to the terms laid out under previous auctions. The initial reserve price for the frequencies is CZK734 million (USD30.33 million) per allocated block, with bidding applications to be received on or before the CTU’s deadline of 22 March 2016. The auction phase will follow due diligence on the applications received, and successful bidders will be invited to join the auction which the CTU expects to complete in time to allow the assignment of specific frequency bands to the winners in the second quarter of this year.
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