Austrian GSM Auction Completed: Frequencies Awarded According to Plan

GSM frequency auction concluded - Total revenues ATS 962 million - 7 frequency packages awarded

Press release dated 7 May 2001

The Telekom-Control Commission completed the GSM 1800 frequency award procedure today. A total of 7 frequency packages were awarded, with revenues totalling ATS 962 million (approx. ATS 69.9 million). Connect Austria Gesellschaft für Telekommunikation GmbH, max.mobil Telekommunikation Service GmbH and Mobilkom Austria Aktiengesellschaft & Co KG participated in the auction.

The table below shows an overview of the frequency packages awarded and the fees to be paid for them:

Frequency PackagesTotal SpectrumATS (millions)
Connect32 x 6 MHz301
max.mobil22 x 3.2 MHz160
Mobilkom22 x 10 MHz501

The frequencies will be allocated to each successful bidder in the next 14 days. The frequency license fees (auction revenues) are to be paid within 7 days from the date on which the frequency allocation decisions take legal effect. The proceeds from the auction will go to the Republic of Austria.

Unallocated frequency spectrum to be returned to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology

The spectrum not allocated in this procedure will return to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology's scope of responsibility. The Ministry will also be responsible for deciding whether the frequencies will be re-assigned to the regulatory authority for utilization.