"The Assignment of Spectrum and the EU State Aid Rules: the case of the 4th 3g license assignment in France"*1. The French 4th mobile communications licence On 5 May 2011, the Commission decided that the level of the fee charged by the French government in 2009 for spectrum assignment to the fourth mobile operator did not entail any State aid in the meaning of Article 107(1) TFEU . 1.1. The licensing of mobile operators in France In 2001, the French authorities launched a call for applications for the provision of mobile telephony licences under the UMTS standard in the so‑called 3G spectrum band . The lifetime of the licences was to be 15 years. Contrary to the approach in Member States like the UK and Germany, which awarded 3G licences under an auction procedure, France used
The EU Commission decides that the level of fee charged by the French government for spectrum assignment to the 4th mobile operator did not entail any State aid in the meaning of Art. 107(1) TFEU (France - 4th UMTS license)
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