Hutchison Whampoa has won the ‘A’ 3G mobile license in Ireland. The ‘A’ license also attracted bids from Vodafone and mmO2, both of which also bid for the three ‘B’ licenses that are yet to be awarded.
The Irish Telecoms regulator says that Hutchison was awarded the license afters its bid was evaluated for service quality, rollout speed, site sharing, MVNO access, the promotion of competition, and performance guarantees.
The ‘A’ license covers over 80% of Ireland’s population, with 50% coverage required by 2008. The ‘B’ licenses cover at least 53% of the population and have slower rollout requirements.