Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (111)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

115 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the total number of mobile phone licences allocated in this country in the past 15 years; the process by which all such licences were issued in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23231/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

The following table outlines the number of licences issued to mobile operators in the last 15 years (included also are details of licences issued in 1996). All of these licences were issued through a comparative evaluation process and the two interim licences are limited extensions to licences previously issued through a comparative evaluation process.

Licence Holder

Type of Licence

Issue Date

Expiry Date

Issued By

Vodafone

GSM900

May 1996

Dec 2011

DCENR

Interim GSM900

May 2011

Jan 2013

ComReg

GSM1800

Jan 2000

Dec 2015

ODTR

3G

Oct 2002

Oct 2022

ComReg

O2

GSM900

May 1996

Dec 2011

DCENR

Interim GSM900

May 2011

Jan 2013

ComReg

GSM1800

Jan 2000

Dec 2015

ODTR

3G

Oct 2002

Oct 2022

ComReg

Meteor

GSM

June 2000

July 2015

ODTR

3G

March 2007

March 2027

ComReg

3

3G

July 2002

July 2022

ComReg

ODTR — Office of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation (now ComReg).

DCENR — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

ComReg — Commission for Communications Regulation.