German operators criticised for ongoing spectrum battle

Germany’s three major operators are “playing a losing game” by trying to outbid each other in the country’s ongoing spectrum auction, according to Coleago Consulting, as it approaches the €5 billion mark. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Germany and Telefonica Germany commenced …

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Ofcom reveals plan for upcoming UK mobile auction

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom today revealed an update to its plans to release mobile airwaves in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum bands, kicking-off a consultation with potential bidders on the best way to proceed with the upcoming auction. In a statement, …

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Israel spectrum auction ensures 4G coverage boost

Six companies were awarded 4G spectrum in Israel as the country looks to expand LTE coverage beyond its major cities, Reuters reported. The Communications Ministry said spectrum in the 1.8 GHz band has been secured by Cellcom, Partner Communications, Pelephone, …

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India auction moves closer as TRAI proposes 3G spectrum base price

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has suggested a base price of INR27.2 billion ($425 million) per megahertz for the 3G spectrum to be auctioned next month. The price for the pan-India 2.1GHz spectrum is almost 20 per cent below …

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Austria’s 2013 spectrum auction upheld

After a number of delays, the Austrian spectrum auction held in 2013 has finally been ruled valid by the country’s highest court, according to Reuters. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, brings to an end the process started by the …

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India Focus: Foxconn interested in Nokia’s factory, DoT sets base price for auction & more

Mobile World Live’s Asia editor Joseph Waring provides a regular update on developments in the world’s second largest mobile market. Foxconn interested in Nokia’s factory Contract manufacturer Foxconn has reportedly expressed interest in taking over Nokia’s Chennai factory, which was …

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Spectrum scarcity could drive up Indian auction prices — Morgan Stanley

A lack of available spectrum in the 900MHz band is likely to see operators overbid for licences in India’s spectrum auction in February, leading to a rise in call prices, according to Morgan Stanley. In a research note cited by …

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Austrian auction decision delayed again

A decision on the validity of a spectrum auction held in Austria in 2013 has been delayed once again, with a ruling now expected in December, a court representative told Reuters. The court is deciding whether to annul the auction, …

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Ofcom to free up 700 MHz band for mobile, eventually

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced it will make the 700 MHz frequency band available for mobile broadband services, effectively moving broadcast TV and wireless microphones aside to make room. There’s no need for operators to reform their auction teams just yet though, as Ofcom doesn’t reckon it’s going to happen until 2022.