When Can the Grant of a 3G Mobile Licence Involve State Aid?

15 Mar 2007

The Court of First Instance (CFI) heard an important state aid case, T-475/04, which raises the question of in what circumstances the grant of 3G mobile licences can involve state aid. Bouygues, the number 3 operator in France has challenged a decision of the European Commission that the grant of 3G licences to SFR and France Telecom involved no aid.

Christopher Vajda QC who was instructed by the Paris office of Denton Wilde Sapte, acted on behalf of SFR, the number two mobile operator in France and addressed the CFI in French. Judgment is expected in the summer.