Continuation of the mobile spectrum tender

Biel/Bienne, 19.07.2011 - The amended tender documents for the auction of mobile radio frequencies have been published. Interested companies have until 30 September 2011 to submit a candidature to the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) for participation in the auction, which will be held in the first quarter of 2012. OFCOM published the tender documents on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom).

Now that ComCom has amended certain aspects of the tender, OFCOM has published the corresponding tender documents. The competitive tender for free mobile radio frequencies, and for frequencies which will become free in the next few years, will now therefore continue. Companies which wish to participate in the auction - both the existing mobile licensees (In&Phone, Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom) and any new operators - have until 17:00 on 30 September 2011 to submit a candidature dossier to OFCOM (see Federal Gazette of 19 July 2011). The tender documents published today include all the required information and all the conditions to be observed. The auction will be held in the first quarter of 2012.

The competitive tender for mobile radio frequencies was launched on 26 November 2010. On the basis of the questions and comments received, ComCom decided at the end of January to extend the deadline for submission of candidature documents, originally envisaged for 18 March 2011. A consultation of interested companies was held to clarify individual aspects. After a thorough examination of all the requests for changes - proposed by various interested companies - ComCom has amended a number of points in the invitation to tender and has instructed OFCOM to continue with the award procedure.

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