German telcos want their UMTS billions back

The government in Germany is nervously awaiting the launch of legal proceedings by telcos who have spent over the odds in UMTS auction

The chief executive of Mobilcom, a German telco owned by France Telecom, is preparing legal proceedings against the German government. Gerhard Schmidt wants the 16.5bn deutschmarks back he spent in an auction for one of the UMTS licences in Germany. Legal experts say his chances are not that bad. Viag Interkom, another big mobile telecommunications provider also is complaining.

Two months ago, T-Mobile, daughter of Deutsche Telekom, Mannesmann Mobilfunk, E-Plus, Viag Interkom, Mobilcom and the Spanish-Finnish consortium 3G spent in a bidding 100bn deutschmarks for 3G licences.

Read the full story in German.

Take me to the ZDNet Road to 3G News Special.

To have your say online click on the TalkBack button and go to the ZDNet News forum.

Let the editors know what you think in the Mailroom. And read what others have said.

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All