Paris, 11 May 2010
Following the assignment of the fourth 3G licence to Free Mobile in January 2010, two blocks of around 5 MHz duplex remain to be assigned in the 2.1 GHz band. The application procedure to assign these remaining frequencies was launched on 25 February 2010.
Under this application procedure, interested players were to submit their applications to ARCEP by 11 May 2010 at 12:00 noon.
At the deadline, three applications had been submitted by the following companies:
- Free Mobile, 100%-owned subsidiary of Iliad
- Orange France, 100%-owned subsidiary of France Telecom
- Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR), 56% held by Vivendi and 44% by Vodafone
ARCEP will now begin examining the applications, according to the process stipulated by the application procedure.
It will then announce its decision by the end of May.