CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID - ABSENCE OF STATE AID - NOTION OF ADVANTAGE - LICENCES FOR MOBILE TELEPHONY - SALE - ECONOMIC VALUE - ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE

Absence of State aid: The European Commission considers that the grant of the fourth UMTS licence at a price lower than those of the three previous licences does not constitue a selective advantage (Fourth UMTS mobile telephone licence - France)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. European Commission, decision C (2011) 2609 final of 10 May 2011, Fourth UMTS mobile telephone licence - France, OJ C 196 of 5 July 2011 In January 2010, the French authorities awarded the fourth new-generation mobile telephony license (UMTS) to Free (a new entrant for this type of license) in return for the payment of a fee, the fixed portion of which is 240 million euros, following a comparative selection procedure ("beauty contest" for which the price is pre-fixed, with candidates competing on the basis of the quality of the

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Bruno Stromsky, Absence of State aid: The European Commission considers that the grant of the fourth UMTS licence at a price lower than those of the three previous licences does not constitue a selective advantage (Fourth UMTS mobile telephone licence - France), 10 May 2011, Concurrences N° 4-2011, Art. N° 40018, pp. 164-165

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