January 4th, 2012

Hungarian state likely to enter mobile market as two potential competitors in frequency auction disqualified

Media and communications authority NMHH has excluded RCS & RDS, the company behind the brand name Digi, and Vietnamese telecom company Viettel from the 900MHz frequency tender.

Only Magyar Telekom, Vodafone, Telenor and a consortium of state companies Magyar Posta, MVM and MFB Invest filed valid applications for future bidding, the NMHH said.

The decision in effect means that the state will become the fourth mobile-phone operator, as part of the spectrum of frequency available is set aside for a new entrant to the market.

As incumbents cannot bid for that, the state consortium will have no competition in its bid to become Hungary’s fourth mobile operator.

  • Viking

    Exactly what I wrote a few weeks ago would happen, actually happened…

  • UnLeto

    Hey, I have a great idea. What about a ‘temporary’ tax on the incumbent (oops, did someone say foreign) mobile phone operators?

  • Paul

    Did I imagine it in a pre-Xmas haze that the regime has also now nationalised the mobile payment system?

    The thought of the Viktator and his henchmen controlling even a small section of our private communications fills me full of… well, not joy.

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