Communiqué de presse

45 players apply for WLL-Wimax frequencies. Frequencies are scarce for all 22 Metropolitan regions, Guyana and Mayotte

Paris, 10 January 2006

In accordance with the notice on the application procedure published on 6th August 2005, ARCEP received on 6 January 2006 the application files for the use of wireless local loop frequencies available in the 3.4-3.6 GHz band.

This step gives ARCEP the opportunity to review the applications and compare them with the available resources in each region.

45 players or groups of players submitted applications:

  • 8 companies applied for more than 18 regions ;
  • 5 companies applied for more than 5 regions ;
  • 18 players applied for one region (including 13 regional councils) ;
  • 4 players applied for one infra-regional zone ;
  • 10 players applied for Guyana, Mayotte and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

As for the 22 regions of Metropolitan France, Guyana and Mayotte

ARCEP’s review of the applications showed a total need for frequencies that is greater than the quantity of frequencies available. This confirms the scarcity of frequencies in these regions and territories.

Therefore, the selection procedures are officially launched. In accordance with II-3 and III-3 of part A of the application notice published on 6th August 2005, players wishing to participate in these selection procedures must submit their applications to ARCEP (7 square Max Hymans, 75015 Paris, France) by 1st February 2006, at 12.00 noon.

Players are invited to make an appointment to submit their application between 23 and 31 January with ARCEP by contacting the Operators and Rare Resources Division at ARCEP on +33 (0)1 40 47 70 93. On the morning of 1st February, candidates arriving at ARCEP’s offices before 12.00pm (noon) will be received without an appointment on a first come, first served basis. Any application arriving after 12.00pm (noon) will not be accepted.

For Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

    The review of the applications received on 6th January 2006 shows a total need for frequencies that is less than or equal to the quantity of frequencies available, across the entire region of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon. Therefore, frequency usage authorisations will be issued by ARCEP on a first come, first served basis for Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.