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French president hints at fourth 3G license reservations

The president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has voiced concerns over the proposed allocation of a fourth and final 3G licence, notes TeleGeography, citing a Reuters report.

Mexico’s Iusacell expands incident monitoring mobile service

Taxi drivers in several Mexican cities have been fitted with equipment enabling them to send pictures and messages to the local police forces when they see incidents that should be reported, notes Cellular News.

NTC agrees Thai 3G reserve price

Thailand’s NTC has agreed to a reserve price of THB10 billion (US$300 million) for a 3G license with 10MHz of 2100MHz spectrum in the upcoming auction scheduled for December, reports TeleGeography, citing the Bangkok Post.

Orascom won’t bid for 4th French 3G license

Egypt-based Orascom Telecom (OT) has ruled itself out of bidding for France’s fourth 3G license.

Thai 3G licenses to start at US100M-US200M

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has announced that the reserve price for a 3G license has been set in the range of THB3.3 billion to THB6.6 billion (US$100 million to US$200 million) in preparation for an auction later this year, writes the Bangkok Post. Choochart Promprasit, the chairman of the regulator, said the prices would be submitted to the NTC board for approval on Wednesday along with the draft 3G auction rules.

Thailand to auction 3G licenses mid-December

Thailand’s long-awaited auction of 3G licenses could happen in December, according to reports.

India to allocate 2G spectrum to 3G operators

India is planning to allocate 2G airwaves to successful bidders in its forthcoming 3G spectrum auctions in a move seemingly designed to encourage bids from foreign operators.

Orascom linked to partnership for French 3G license

Egypt-based Orascom Telecom continues to seek a way into the French mobile market via a fourth 3G license, according to reports. TeleGeography, citing an article in French journal Challenge, notes that Orascom wants to buy into the Numericable-Virgin Mobile consortium that is seeking endorsement for France’s fourth and final 3G license.