KPN acquires license for DVB-T in 2030 after retiring second party

Jul

2

2016

The license for DVB-T for the transmission of digital terrestrial television until 2030 owned by KPN. The party had already owned the license for his service terrestrial channels. The license would be auctioned off, but that’s not because of the retraction of the second party.

The Radiocommunications Agency reported that KPN retains the right to use the DVB-T frequencies. The new license shall take effect on February 1, 2017 and has a term of 13 years. One part of the new license, the transition to DVB-T2, a variant of the technique HD broadcasts enables over the air. The transition to DVB-T2 is also necessary because from 2020 onwards the 700MHz band, which is currently used for terrestrial television, is used for mobile communications.

In April, the Dutch government known to auction the new license on July 4th. A condition for participation in the auction was that the winner would have to offer a package that is similar to what is now offered by KPN’s TV service terrestrial channels. Vodafone spoke negatively about out there. According to that provider was an unreasonable requirement and could not be fulfilled by buying the network of KPN enable service provider.

Only with sufficient interest would occur auction. In early June showed that the auction would get there, because KPN announced to be one of two participating parties. The auction would start at zero euros, a drop out of the parties. Because the second party has withdrawn now, is the need lapsed into auction, the agency argues that manages the frequencies. The license is thereby until 2030 owned by KPN. It is unknown which company the second party who had initially registered for the auction.

Update 19:03: A spokesman for the Radiocommunications Agency confirms to Tweakers that KPN to obtain the new license only pay renewal fee and a fee for the costs of supervision. These costs are set out in the Telecommunications Act. The Agency may not disclose who the second party and why it has withdrawn. Would be able to submit the batch that myself. It is participating in spectrum auctions are free to withdraw at any time.

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