Greece – 2G and 3G Licensing Consultation
In February 2001, the Greek regulator, the Hellenic Republic National Telecommunications and Post Commission (“EETT”), published the attached Licensing Consultation Paper on 2G and 3G mobile network licensing. This document, formally titled, “Allotment of Spectrum in the Frequency Bands of 2nd and 3rd Generation Mobile Communications Systems in
The consultation paper includes detailed information about the national and international telecommunications markets and provides an overview of the technical and regulatory issues related to mobile communications. It invites interested parties to present comments and views on the proposed licensing process and licensing terms and conditions by responding to questions set out in the paper. Among the issues raised for discussion are:
competition in the mobile sector;
2G and 3G standards and technology, including spectrum allocation and number portability;
regulatory issues, including national roaming and the number of licences to be assigned; and
the licensing process, including the selection mechanism and prequalification and selection criteria to be applied.
Notably, the EETT sought specific input on the relative merits of auctions versus beauty contests. It also requested comments on what prequalification and selection criteria would be appropriate under various scenarios (e.g., an auction-based tender process and a beauty contest-based tender process). Thus, a part of the Greek 2G and 3G licensing consultation focused on the specific procedures to be applied in the licensing process.