3G Licence Results: Europe

Editor’s Note:

 

The following table was adapted from data contained in the ITU World Telecommunication Regulatory Database, various regulator web sites, Cellular News, Total Telcom, and press reports.  This table appears in ITU Trends in Telecommunications Reform – 2004/05:  Licensing in an Era of Convergence (Geneva:  ITU, 2004).

 

 

Country

 Population

 Licensing Methodology

Number of Licences Offered

Number of Licences Awarded

Initial Licence Fee

USD

per licence

Initial Duration of Licence

 

2003

Luxembourg

0.4M

Direct award

1(1)

1

0

15 years

Norway

4.5M

Auction

2

1

8.2 M

12 years

2002

 

Luxembourg

 

0.4M

 

Beauty Contest

 

4

 

3

 

0

 

15 years

 

 

Ireland

 

 

3.8M

Beauty Contest with fee component

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

11.5M - 40M

 

 

20 years

Slovak Republic

 

5.4M

Beauty contest with fixed fee

 

3

 

2 (2)

 

33.7M

 

15 years

2001

 

Belgium

 

10.3M

 

Auction

 

3

 

3

139.6M - 139.8M

 

20 years

 

France

 

59.5M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed Fee

 

3

 

2 (3)

 

570M

 

20 years

Greece

10.6M

Auction

4

3

125.6M

20 years

 

Denmark

 

5.3M

 

Auction

 

4

 

4

 

118M

 

15 years

 

Slovenia

 

1.9M

 

Auction

 

2

 

1

 

87.5M

 

20 years

Czech Republic

 

10.3M

 

Direct Award

 

3

 

2 (4)

97M - 106M

 

20 years

2000

Liechtenstein

32528

No contest

4

3

0

TBD

 

Spain

 

40.M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed Fee

 

4

 

4

 

110M

 

20 years

 

Finland

 

5.2M

 

Beauty Contest

 

4

 

4

 

0

 

20 years

 

UK

 

59.6M

 

Auction

 

5

 

5

6.3B - 9B

 

20 years

 

Netherlands

 

16.0M

 

Auction

 

5

 

5

401 - 666.8M

 

15 years

 

Germany

 

83.0M

 

Auction

 

6

 

6 (5)

7.6B - 7.7B

 

20 years

 

Italy

 

57.7M

 

Auction

 

5

 

4 (6)

2B – 2.03B

 

20 years

 

Austria

 

8.2M

 

Auction

 

6

 

6

98M - 105M

 

20 years

 

Norway

 

4.5M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed fee

 

4

 

3 (7)

 

11.2M

 

12 years

 

Portugal

 

10.1M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed Fee

 

4

 

4

 

90M

 

15 years

 

Switzerland

 

7.3M

 

Auction

 

4

 

4

29M - 32M

 

15 years

 

Poland

 

38.6M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed Fee

 

5

 

3 (8)

 

223

 

15 years

 

Sweden

 

8.9M

Beauty Contest plus Fixed Fee

 

4

 

4

 

10,700

 

15 years

 

Notes:

(1) Award of licence that was previously not awarded in 2002

(2) Third licence was joint GSM/UMTS licence – no takers

(3) 3rd licence eventually awarded to incumbent GSM operator

(4) Third incumbent declined to take licence

(5) 2 licences abandoned/surrendered to regulatory authorities

(6) 1 licence abandoned immediately after award

(7) 1 of 3 licences subsequently surrendered/revoked

(8) No applicants other than incumbent mobile operators

TRT-PN-M2-289

 

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