Energis mulling move on mobile

Energis mulling move on mobile
Alex Mayhew-Smith Telecoms group Energis has expressed an interest in bidding for a licence for UMTS third generation mobile phone services. The company indicated its interest in purchasing a licence after announcing a leap in pre-tax earnings to over ?16m in the last year. “It is early days yet but any decision is dependant on whether or not we consider such a move appropriate to Energis,” said a spokeswoman. Energis says that it is not interested in building up a massive customer base but that UMTS would provide a broadband capacity that could be used in concert with the company’s fixed line fibre networks. The licences for a digital mobile network, which are expected to be running by 2003, will be auctioned next summer by the Government. Between three and five licences will be available for the network, which will allow cellphones to handle video-conferencing, home shopping and Internet access.


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