Mobile operators in the UK and Austria have failed in their final attempts to claim back up to €6bn in VAT from the purchase of 3G spectrum licences in 2000.
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Europe's highest court, rejected the claim from 11 operators.
"No one, not even the operators themselves, expected to succeed in this claim, but they have been obliged to try by their shareholders who have pumped so much money into the purchase of 3G licences," Matthew Howett, research analyst at Ovum, told vnunet.com.
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