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Czech CTU Says Lawsuits Won’t Derail Landmark Mobile Tender

The Czech mobile phone frequency tender aimed at bringing a new competitor to the market and boosting services will continue as planned even as existing operators raise legal challenges, the country’s regulator said.

The three main operators and two newcomers linked to Czech billionaires applied in the tender. Incumbent Telefonica Czech AS filed a lawsuit contesting some conditions as “unauthorized state aid,” while the Czech unit of Vodafone Group Plc said it had also taken legal measures. The regulator wants at least 8.72 billion koruna ($460 million) from the sale and doesn’t expect a delay.