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PRAGUE (Reuters) – The head of the Czech telecoms watchdog has resigned above government alterations to a planned auction of frequencies for 5G telecoms networks, stating they risked slowing the rollout of the technology and had been likely to result in court docket disputes.

The Czech Telecommunication Business (CTU) is scheduling an auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands this year to improve competitiveness in a current market in which superior costs have prolonged been a gripe of shoppers and politicians.

On the other hand, CTU main Jaromir Novak explained the government had built some final-minute alterations to the ailments of the auction that he feared could put off bidders and delay 5G technological know-how.

“I cannot sign under auction ailments that in my deep conviction will not make improvements to the competitive surroundings in the Czech market, they will jeopardize the focus on of quickly introducing 5G networks and they will possible lead to a variety of court disputes,” Novak stated in a resignation letter which he posted on his Twitter account.

In specific, Novak stated the govt had shifted to put way too a lot emphasis on countrywide roaming – which would let customers to swap amid operators as if they have been traveling overseas – in the 3.5 GHz band, which he stated could not be used across the whole country.

Novak also told Reuters in an emailed reply to thoughts that he experienced not been consulted thoroughly about the improvements.

Market Minister Karel Havlicek claimed the adjustments have been proposed because of to low interest from bidders.

“The curiosity between overseas bidders is zero, amongst the Czech bidders it is really small, centered on that, we started out to talk about new circumstances these days,” Havlicek said in a televised briefing right after a governing administration conference.

He extra the govt experienced fired Novak and appointed CTU board member Hana Tovarkova to replace him. The CTU did not straight away answer to a ask for for remark.

The Czech telecoms sector is at present dominated by a few companies: O2 Czech Republic, T-Cell and Vodafone.

The auction was planned to begin this thirty day period but the authorities pushed the date back to later this year as the situations were being staying finalised.

Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller Modifying by Mark Potter

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