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France to sell-off new 3G license in three lots

There was a new development in the long-running saga surrounding France’s fourth 3G license today as the French government confirmed it would break-up the license into three lots of 5MHz with one reserved for a new operator.

SFR linked to Android launch

French mobile operator SFR will launch an Android phone in its 800 stores at the end of March or early April, the operator’s CEO, Frank Esser, told Reuters, according to Telecompaper.

Iliad furthers push for new French 3G license

French broadband provider Iliad appears confident of winning the country’s fourth 3G license, with a Dow Jones Newswires report noting that the company states it will need to invest a maximum of EUR1 billion to set up the network, covering 90 percent of the population.

European Court rules against Bouygues 3G license complaint

The European Court of Justice has upheld a lower court decision that found that the French government did not provide illegal state aid by reducing the price of 3G licenses for Orange and SFR, notes Telecompaper.

New French 3G license tender to stretch into 2010

The French government has confirmed that it will launch the tender for the country’s long-awaited fourth 3G license this summer, but warned that the process would not be completed by year-end.

Fourth French 3G license price could be raised

The price of France’s long-awaited fourth 3G network license is likely to be EUR240 million and not EUR206 million, according to a Telecompaper report that cites French newspaper Les Echos.