Arch rivals BT and France Telecom have both win licences to operate mobile networks in teh #7 billion Dutch market via their separate joint ventures.
BT bid via its Telfort joint venture with the Dutch railway NS. Telfort plans to invest one billion Dutch guilders over the next five years, of which 500 million will be invested in the first two years. Telfort was also awarded a fixed wire licence last year.
The other winner is Federa, France Telecom's venture with Deutsche Telekom, and the banks ABN Amro and Rabobank.
France Telecom is also bidding for Spain's third national fixed line through another consortium called Lince, with Cableuropa. Lince is understood to be the only firm bidding for the licence since BT decided to pull out two days before the deadline.
BT said it prefereed to concentrate on developing its investments in the country which include BT Telecommunicaciones, the fixed line business, and Airtel, the mobile operator.
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