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This excerpt taken from the DT 20-F filed Mar 27, 2006.

Legal Framework

        The legal framework for electronic communications in the Czech Republic is set by the Act on Electronic Communications No. 127/2005 Coll (the "Czech Communications Act"), which implemented the E.U. New Regulatory Framework into the Czech law as of May 1, 2005 and replaced the Telecommunications Act, which introduced full liberalization of the telecommunications sector in the Czech Republic on May 1, 2001. Regulatory supervision is carried out by the Czech Telecommunication Office (the "CTO").

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        One of the most important changes brought by the Czech Communications Act is the introduction of periodic analyses of relevant markets, which allows for the implementation of flexible and transparent regulatory measures for the electronic communications market. The CTO is required to analyze the 18 relevant markets included in the E.U. Commission's recommendation on relevant product and services markets (including the three mobile markets). This analysis is expected to be completed the first half of 2006.

        In December 2004, the CTO initiated the review of the market for wholesale international roaming. These activities are coordinated by the ERG and the E.U. Commission in order to allow national regulatory authorities, including CTO, to reach a common approach, possibly resulting in a regulation of wholesale roaming services. As a consequence, we may be obliged to lower the wholesale roaming tariffs we charge to foreign operators. For more information, see "—The E.U. Regulatory Framework—Competition Law."

This excerpt taken from the DT 20-F filed Mar 14, 2006.

Legal Framework

        The legal framework for electronic communications in the Czech Republic is set by the Act on Electronic Communications No. 127/2005 Coll (the "Czech Communications Act"), which implemented the E.U. New Regulatory Framework into the Czech law as of May 1, 2005 and replaced the Telecommunications Act, which introduced full liberalization of the telecommunications sector in the Czech Republic on May 1, 2001. Regulatory supervision is carried out by the Czech Telecommunication Office (the "CTO").

        One of the most important changes brought by the Czech Communications Act is the introduction of periodic analyses of relevant markets, which allows for the implementation of flexible and transparent regulatory measures for the electronic communications market. The CTO is required to analyze the 18 relevant markets included in the E.U. Commission's recommendation on relevant product and services markets (including the three mobile markets). This analysis is expected to be completed the first half of 2006.

        In December 2004, the CTO initiated the review of the market for wholesale international roaming. These activities are coordinated by the ERG and the E.U. Commission in order to allow national regulatory authorities, including CTO, to reach a common approach, possibly resulting in a regulation of wholesale roaming services. As a consequence, we may be obliged to lower the wholesale roaming tariffs we charge to foreign operators. For more information, see "—The E.U. Regulatory Framework—Competition Law."

This excerpt taken from the DT 20-F filed Mar 15, 2005.

Legal Framework

        On August 20, 2003, the new E.U. regulatory framework was implemented in Austria through the new Austrian Telecommunications Act. Regulatory supervision is carried out by the Telekom-Control-Kommission (the "TKK") and the Rundfunk und Telekom Regulierungs GmbH (the "RTR").

        On October 20, 2003, the TKK commenced investigations into the following mobile markets:

    mobile access and call origination in public mobile networks (wholesale markets)

    call termination in individual public mobile networks (wholesale markets)

        On October 27, 2004, the TKK came to the decision that T-Mobile Austria has SMP in its market for call termination in the public mobile networks and imposed the following remedies:

    No discrimination regarding the quality and price of the service "termination in the T-Mobile Austria network"

    Obligation to publish a reference interconnection offer within two months of the TKK decision

    Obligation to allow direct and indirect interconnection pursuant to § 41 of the new Austrian Telecommunications Act

    Obligation to charge termination fees based on the long-term incremental costs of an efficient operator ("LRAIC")

        Following a public consultation by the TKK on the applicable LRAIC model, on March 9, 2005, TKK published a position paper on the cost calculation model to be used in the future; T-Mobile Austria may, as a consequence, be obliged to lower its wholesale termination charge.

        In December 2004, the RTR initiated a review of the market for wholesale international roaming. These activities are coordinated by the ERG and the E.U. Commission to allow NRAs, including the RTR, to reach a common approach, possibly resulting in a regulation of wholesale roaming services. As a consequence, T-Mobile Austria may be obliged to lower the wholesale roaming tariffs it charges to foreign operators.

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