ComReg1274

Information Notice
GSM Liberalisation Project: Publication of
correspondence provided by respondents (and
ComReg written responses to same)
Document No:
Date:
12/74
6 July 2012
An Coimisiún um Rialáil Cumarsáide
Commission for Communications Regulation
Abbey Court Irish Life Centre Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1 Ireland
Telephone +353 1 804 9600 Fax +353 1 804 9680 Email info@comreg.ie Web www.comreg.ie
Correspondence with interested parties
A Non-confidential correspondence provided by respondents in relation to
ComReg’s multi-band spectrum release proposals from 30 May 2012 until 25
June 2012 (and ComReg written responses to same).
1. ComReg: reply to Telefónica letter 1 of 22 May 2012 (letter dated 30 May
2012);
2. A&L Goodbody: letter to ComReg “Multi-band Spectrum Release Consultation
– 800 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz (“the Consultation”)” (letter dated 13 June
2012);
3. ComReg: reply to A&L Goodbody letter of 13 June 2012 (letter dated 15 June
2012);
4. Telefónica: letter to ComReg “Multi-band Spectrum Release– 800 MHz, 900
MHz & 1800 MHz Consultation” (letter dated 14 June 2012); 2
5. ComReg: reply to Telefónica letter of 14 June 2012 (letter dated 19 June
2012); 3
6. ComReg: reply to eircom Group letter 4 of 24 May 2012 (letter dated 30 May
2012);
7. Eircom Group: email (and attachment) to DotEcon “RE: WDP software licence
agreement” (email dated 12 June 2012);
8. ComReg: reply to eircom Group email of 12 June 2012 (email dated 18 June
2012);
9. Eircom Group: email to ComReg “Extension to Q&A deadline” (email dated 19
June 2012);
10. ComReg: reply to eircom Group email of 19 June 2012 (email dated 19 June
2012);
11. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone: Multi-band Spectrum
Release: Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 30 May 2012);
12. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone: Multi-band Spectrum
Release: Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 5 June 2012);
13. ComReg: reply to McCann Fitzgerald letter of 5 June 2012 (letter dated 7 June
2012);
14. McCann Fitzgerald: reply to ComReg letter of 7 June 2012 (letter dated 8 June
2012);
15. Vodafone: email to ComReg “ComReg Multi-Band Spectrum Award Process
Workshop” (email dated 11 June 2012)
16. ComReg: reply to Vodafone email of 11 June 2012 (email dated 11 June
2012);
17. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “ComReg Consultation on NGA roll-out
pursuant to ComReg Document 12/56 (the “NGA Consultation”)” (letter dated 7
June 2012);
1
This Telefónica letter was published as item 43 in Document 12/49
Note, ComReg are awaiting clarification of confidentiality of this letter, and will publish this
letter at a later date.
2
Note, ComReg are awaiting clarification of confidentiality of this letter, and will publish this
letter at a later date.
3
4
This eircom Group letter was published as item 8 in Document 12/49
Correspondence with interested parties
18. ComReg: reply to McCann Fitzgerald letters of 30 May 2012 & 5 June 2012
and Vodafone’s letter of 7 June 2012 (letter dated 12 June 2012);
19. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone Correspondence” (letter dated
14 June 2012)
20. Vodafone: email to ComReg “ComReg Correspondence” (email dated 14 June
2012);
21. ComReg: reply to Vodafone email of 14 June 2012 (email dated 15 June
2012).
22. Vodafone: letter to ComReg “Vodafone Ireland Limited (“Vodafone”):
Custodianship of Information”(letter dated 6 July 2012);
23. ComReg: reply to Vodafone letter of 6 July 2012 (letter dated 6 July 2012);
24. ComReg: letter to Vodafone “Vodafone Ireland Limited ("Vodafone"):
Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 6 July 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
1. ComReg: reply to Telefónica letter 5 of 22 May 2012 (letter dated 30 May 2012);
5
This Telefónica letter was published as item 43 in Document 12/49
Correspondence with interested parties
2. A&L Goodbody: letter to ComReg “Multi-band Spectrum Release Consultation
– 800 MHz, 900 MHz & 1800 MHz (“the Consultation”)” (letter dated 13 June
2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
3. ComReg: reply to A&L Goodbody letter of 13 June 2012 (letter dated 15 June
2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
4. Telefónica: letter to ComReg “Multi-band Spectrum Release– 800 MHz, 900
MHz & 1800 MHz Consultation” (letter dated 14 June 2012); 6
Note, ComReg are awaiting clarification of confidentiality of this letter, and will publish this
letter at a later date.
6
Correspondence with interested parties
5. ComReg: reply to Telefónica letter of 14 June 2012 (letter dated 19 June
2012); 7
Note, ComReg are awaiting clarification of confidentiality of this letter, and will publish this
letter at a later date.
7
Correspondence with interested parties
6. ComReg: reply to eircom Group letter 8 of 24 May 2012 (letter dated 30 May
2012);
8
This eircom Group letter was published as item 8 in Document 12/49
Correspondence with interested parties
7. Eircom Group: email (and attachment) to DotEcon “RE: WDP software licence
agreement” (email dated 12 June 2012);
From: William McCoubrey,
To:
"IrishMultiBand2012@dotecon.com"
Date: 12/06/2012 17:30
Subject: RE: WDP software licence agreement
Hi,
We have reviewed the proposed software licence agreement and request that the comments
included in the attached word document be taken into account.
Regards,
William
SOFTWARE LICENCE AGREEMENT
1.
LICENCE ACCEPTANCE
Where the Software is downloaded by a natural person for his or her own use:
1.
The word “you” used in this licence applies to you the individual who downloads,
installs and or uses this software.
2.
By downloading, installing and/or using the Software, you agree to be legally
bound by this agreement and you warrant that you are the authorised user of this
Software. If you do not agree to all of the terms of this agreement, then do not download,
install or use the Software.
Where the Software is downloaded by a natural person either in the course of his or her
employment, or in performing services under a contract for services with another person
(whether a natural person or otherwise):
1.
The word “you” used in this licence applies to you the individual who downloads,
installs and/or uses this software and his or her employer as the case may be.
2.
Any natural person who downloads, installs or uses this software warrants and
represents that he or she is appropriately authorised to bind his or her employer to the
terms of this agreement.
3.
By downloading, installing and/or using the Software, you agree both on your own
behalf and on behalf of your employer to be legally bound by this agreement and you
warrant that you are the authorised user of this Software. If you do not agree to all of the
terms of this agreement, then do not download, install or use the Software.
2.
LICENCE
You are granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferable licence to use the
Software Materials on the terms of this agreement during the Licence Term in the normal
course of your business solely for the purpose of carrying out test calculations to
understand how ComReg will determine the winning bidders in the Auction and the prices
to be paid by the winning bidders as specified in the Information Memorandum (ComReg
12/52).
You shall treat the Software Materials as confidential and shall not, without the prior
written consent of DotEcon Ltd, disclose the whole or any part of them to any third party.
You shall ensure that your employees comply with these confidentiality and nondisclosure obligations. You are permitted to use the Software Materials for the purpose
of providing services to a third party in connection with the Auction but, in so doing you
become an Insider of that third party (as defined in the Information Memorandum).
You may not make more than a reasonable number of copies of the Software Materials
for security back-up. All copies of the Software Materials are subject to the terms and
conditions of this agreement.
You shall implement and maintain reasonable security measures to safeguard the
Software Materials, and all copies of the Software Materials, from access or use by any
unauthorised person.
You shall not alter or modify the whole or any part of the Software, or merge any part of
the Software with any other computer software programs or, save to the extent expressly
Comment [O1]: Defined term but
cannot locate a definition. Is is Comreg
document 12/52?
Comment [O2]: Defined term but
cannot locate a definition
permitted by applicable law, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer the executable
code of the Software or attempt to do any of these things.
You shall not alter, obscure, remove, interfere with or add to any of the trade marks,
trade names, markings or notices affixed to or contained in the Software Materials at the
time they are first accessed by you and you shall ensure that all those trade marks, trade
names, markings and notices are reproduced on all copies of the Software Materials.
At the end of the Licence Term you shall destroy all copies of the Software in your
possession.
You covenant that you will bring any error or omission in the operation of the Software
and/or in the Software Materials to the attention of ComReg promptly on becoming aware
of same.
A copy of this software licence is included in the file within the documentation directory of
the Software Materials. You shall not alter or remove this file.
3.
WARRANTY
DotEcon warrants that it is authorised to grant licences to use the Software Materials on
the terms and conditions contained in this agreement. This warranty does not extend to
the Third Party Software which is licensed separately under LGPL licences (hereinafter
defined).
The Software Materials are supplied on an “as is” basis meaning that DotEcon Ltd makes
no warranty in relation to the Software’s performance or functionality and DotEcon Ltd
takes no responsibility for the performance or non-performance of this Software.
Deleted: is
Save as expressly provided in this agreement, no representation, warranty or condition,
express or implied, statutory or otherwise, as to condition, quality, performance,
merchantability or fitness for purpose are given or assumed by ComReg or DotEcon Ltd.
in respect of the Software Materials and all such representations, warranties and
conditions are excluded save to the extent that such exclusion is prohibited by law.
4.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
You acknowledge that all Intellectual Property Rights in the Software Materials are
vested, and shall remain vested, in DotEcon Ltd.
5.
USE OF THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE LIBRARIES
This Software is a work that uses the lp_solve linear programming and the QuadProg++
quadratic programming libraries. Unmodified versions of these libraries are statically
linked by the Software Materials. Both libraries are licensed pursuant to the Lesser GNU
Public Licence (LGPL), the text of which is included with the Software Materials and
which shall not be removed from the Software Materials.
Source code for the lp_solve library may be obtained by following instructions provided
with the Software Materials (see the file lpsolve_licensing.txt); these instructions for
obtaining the source code of the lp_solve library as well as the source code itself
(provided in the file lp_solve_5.5.2.0_source.tar.gz) shall not be removed from the
Software Materials.
The source code for the QuadProg++ library is provided in the file quadprog++-1.2.tgz.
This file shall not be removed from the Software Materials.
Comment [O3]: Normally one would
expect an intellectual property right (ipr)
indemnity from the supplier in the event
that a third party sues eircom claiming that
eircom breached that third parties ipr.
However in this instance we are not paying
a licence fee
6.
LIABILITY
Subject as provided in this agreement and to the extent permitted by law, neither
ComReg nor DotEcon Ltd. shall have any liability to you under this agreement, whether
arising from negligence, breach of contract or otherwise.
Subject as provided in this agreement, ComReg and DotEcon Ltd. shall not be liable to
you for any indirect or consequential loss or damages or for any loss of business or
profits whether arising from negligence, breach of contract or otherwise.
Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, DotEcon’s and ComReg’s aggregate
liability under this agreement for all liabilities and losses arising directly or indirectly from
this agreement and your use of the Software Materials shall not exceed €1,000.
7.
ASSIGNMENT
Deleted: A
Comment [O4]: A third party ipr claim
should be uncapped
Deleted: A
You may not assign, sub-license, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of your rights or
sub-contract, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of your obligations under this
agreement without the prior written consent of DotEcon Ltd.
8.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
This validity, construction and performance of the obligations under this licence shall be
governed by the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall
have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any disputes arising herefrom, save that DotEcon
Ltd. or ComReg shall be entitled to seek interim or injunctive relief hereunder in any court
of appropriate jurisdiction.
9.
INTERPRETATION
In this agreement:
"Auction" means the auction for frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1.8GHz bands
in Ireland described in ComReg document 12/52;
"Auction Rules" means the rules which will govern the conduct of the Auction as specified
in the Information Memorandum;
“ComReg” means the Commission for Communications Regulation in Ireland, as
established by the Communications Regulation Act, 2002;
"DotEcon Ltd" means a company called DotEcon Ltd whose registered office is at 17
Welbeck Street, London, W1G 9XJ;
"Intellectual Property Rights" means all rights in inventions, patents, copyrights, design
rights, trade marks and trade names, service marks, trade secrets, know-how and any
other intellectual property rights (whether registered or unregistered) and all applications
for any of them, anywhere in the world;
"Licence" means the licence in respect of the Software Materials granted to you under
clause 2;
"Licence Term” means the period of time starting with the date on which you first
download, install or use the Software and ending one week after the date on which
ComReg announces the results of its multi-band spectrum award process or otherwise
terminates that award process.
Comment [O5]: Ideally we would prefer
Ireland
"Software" means the software developed by DotEcon Ltd for the purpose of calculating
the winning bidders in the Auction and the amount of the winning bids and for the
avoidance of doubt does not include Third Party Software which are provided therewith;
"Software Documentation" means the electronic or hard copy user manual supplied with
the Software; and
"Software Materials" means the Software and the Software Documentation.
“Third Party Software” means the lp_solve linear programming and the QuadProg++
quadratic programming libraries.
Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa; words denoting
persons shall include bodies corporate and unincorporated associations of persons and
vice versa.
-----------------------------------------------------------------DECLARATION: I accept the licence conditions shown above.
NAME:.........................................................
ORGANISATION: ..............................................
ADDRESS: .....................................................
DATE: ............................................................
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Correspondence with interested parties
8. ComReg: reply to eircom Group email of 12 June 2012 (email dated 18 June
2012);
From: Samuel Ritchie
Sent: 18 June 2012 16:25
To: William McCoubrey
Cc: Samuel Ritchie
Subject: RE: WDP software licence agreement
Dear William
Your email of the 12 June 2012 (and attachment) was forwarded to me for response.
ComReg has considered your comments in relation to the software licence being provided in respect of
the beta winner and price determination software and responds as set out below.
The software licence is a DotEcon licence. It is provided on the same terms to all interested parties and
therefore, for consistency purposes, it is not appropriate to negotiate individual terms and conditions
with each interested party. ComReg is of the view that none of the comments highlight material
mistakes or matters which necessitate changes to the software licence.
As this is a free licence, the software is being provided “as is” and consequently, ComReg is of the view
that some of Meteor’s proposed substantive changes are inappropriate here.
Finally, ComReg notes that it is clear that “Information Memorandum” is defined to be ComReg
Document 12/52 in the licence.
Accordingly, ComReg does not propose to request DotEcon to make any changes to the licence being
offered.
Yours sincerely
Samuel
Dr. Samuel Ritchie
Manager Spectrum Operations
Commission for Communications Regulation
Correspondence with interested parties
9. Eircom Group: email to ComReg “Extension to Q&A deadline” (email dated 19
June 2012);
From: McCoubrey, William
Sent: 19 June 2012 15:02
To: Samuel Ritchie
Cc: Patrick Mulvey
Subject: Extension to Q&A deadline
Dear Samuel,
With reference to the multi-band spectrum award process deadline for submission of questions
regarding the award process. I am writing to request an extension to the deadline to 29th June for
submission of any questions in respect of the WDP software. We are making this request in order to
have sufficient time to evaluate the software bearing in mind that the software was not available for use
before 12th June and that the software requires specialised hardware that takes time to procure.
Regards,
William
William McCoubrey
Head of Regulatory Policy - Mobile and Consumer Affairs
Correspondence with interested parties
10. ComReg: reply to eircom Group email of 19 June 2012 (email dated 19 June
2012);
From: Samuel Ritchie
Sent: 19 June 2012 17:16
To: 'McCoubrey, William'
Cc: Patrick Mulvey
Subject: RE: Extension to Q&A deadline
William,
ComReg has considered eircom’s request for an extension to the deadline to 29 June for submission of
any questions in respect of the WDP software and reasons for same.
ComReg does not propose to accede to your request for the reasons set out in its response to Question
5 (of the Q&A process), which is available from ComReg’s web-site at the following address:
http://www.comreg.ie/radio_spectrum/questions_and_answers_and_clarifications.713.1097.html
As you know, it is ComReg’s policy to publish exchanges of correspondence such as this in accordance
with its usual procedures. Accordingly, I would be grateful if you could indicate whether there is any
specific confidential material in your e-mail that eircom considers ought not to be published in
accordance with these procedures.
Regards
Samuel
Dr. Samuel Ritchie
Manager Spectrum Operations
Commission for Communications Regulation
Correspondence with interested parties
11. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone: Multi-band Spectrum
Release: Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 30 May 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
12. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone: Multi-band Spectrum
Release: Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 5 June 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
13. ComReg: reply to McCann Fitzgerald letter of 5 June 2012 (letter dated 7 June
2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
14. McCann Fitzgerald: reply to ComReg letter of 7 June 2012 (letter dated 8 June
2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
15. Vodafone: email to ComReg “ComReg Multi-Band Spectrum Award Process
Workshop” (email dated 11 June 2012)
From: Crowley, Patrick, Vodafone Ireland
Sent: 11 June 2012 16:34
To: George Merrigan
Subject: ComReg Multi-Band Spectrum Award Process Workshop
Dear George,
I note that the presentations given at ComReg's Multi-band Spectrum Award Process Workshop on 8
June do not yet appear to have been published on ComReg's website. Could you indicate when ComReg
envisages that the presentations will be made available, and when the ComReg response to questions
raised at the workshop (for example in relation to the maximimum number of Authorised Agents that can
be designated by an Applicant) will be published?
Best regards,
Patrick
Patrick Crowley
Regulatory Executive
Strategy
Vodafone Ireland
Correspondence with interested parties
16. ComReg: reply to Vodafone email of 11 June 2012 (email dated 11 June
2012);
From: George Merrigan
Sent: 11 June 2012 17:14
To: Crowley, Patrick, Vodafone Ireland
Subject: RE: ComReg Multi-Band Spectrum Award Process Workshop
Dear Patrick,
ComReg will very shortly publish the various presentations from Friday last. In addition we will also
publish a short Information Notice which will reflect ComReg’s treatment of the questions raised.
Kind Regards
George Merrigan I Director, Market Framework Division I
Commission for Communications Regulation, Abbey Court, Irish Life Centre,
Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Correspondence with interested parties
17. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “ComReg Consultation on NGA roll-out
pursuant to ComReg Document 12/56 (the “NGA Consultation”)” (letter dated 7
June 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
18. ComReg: reply to McCann Fitzgerald letters of 30 May 2012 & 5 June 2012
and Vodafone’s letter of 7 June 2012 (letter dated 12 June 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
19. McCann Fitzgerald: letter to ComReg “Vodafone Correspondence” (letter dated
14 June 2012)
Correspondence with interested parties
20. Vodafone: email to ComReg “ComReg Correspondence” (email dated 14 June
2012);
From: Hoencamp, Jeroen, Vodafone Ireland
Sent: 14 June 2012 17:33
To: Alex Chisholm
Subject: ComReg Correspondence
Dear Alex
I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 12 June last and I note the contents thereof.
I confirm that all matters raised in your letter and in previous correspondence between Vodafone Ireland
and ComReg will be addressed and dealt with by Paul Ryan, Vodafone Ireland's internal legal team and
McCann FitzGerald. I would ask that you and your colleagues direct all future correspondence on these
matters to these parties as appropriate.
Lastly, I understand that McCann FitzGerald will be responding to the points raised in your letter in due
course.
Regards
Jeroen
Correspondence with interested parties
21. ComReg: reply to Vodafone email of 14 June 2012 (email dated 15 June
2012).
From: Alex Chisholm
Sent: 15 June 2012 11:33
To: 'Hoencamp, Jeroen, Vodafone Ireland'
Subject: RE: ComReg Correspondence
Dear Jeroen,
Thank you for your email to myself of the afternoon of 14 June, the contents of which are
noted.
With respect to your particular request that I and my colleagues direct all future
correspondence on these matters to Paul Ryan, Vodafone Ireland's internal legal team and
McCann FitzGerald as appropriate, I would like to note the following.
My letter to you of 12 June was sent in the belief that it was appropriate to conduct such high level
communications from myself as Chairperson to yourself as Chief Executive, given the significance of the
issues, the advanced stage we have reached in our overall process, and the commonly acknowledged
importance of this process. The letter was also sent in the belief that the manner of Vodafone’s
engagement with ComReg in relation to the matters referred to in that letter, and the Commission’s
expressed concerns regarding this, were assumed to be such that you might reasonably be expected to
wish to assess for appropriateness from your perspective as Chief Executive, and to consider changing.
I note we have now received a response to my letter of 12 June from your external solicitors
who you have instructed to represent Vodafone, and as such we will further engage in respect
of that letter with McCann Fitzgerald.
Regards
Alex
Alex Chisholm
Chairperson
Commission for Communications Regulation
Abbey Court Irish Life Centre Lower Abbey Street Dublin 1 Ireland
Correspondence with interested parties
22. Vodafone: letter to ComReg “Vodafone Ireland Limited (“Vodafone”):
Custodianship of Information”(letter dated 6 July 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
23. ComReg: reply to Vodafone letter of 6 July 2012 (letter dated 6 July 2012);
Correspondence with interested parties
24. ComReg: letter to Vodafone “Vodafone Ireland Limited ("Vodafone"):
Custodianship of Information” (letter dated 6 July 2012);
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