Wind Mobile emerges as big spectrum winner after Rogers acquires Mobilicity

Canada’s Wind Mobile will emerge as a big winner from Rogers’ C$440 million acquisition of bankrupt Mobilicity, with the company set to accrue significant spectrum holdings as a result of the deal. Government body Industry Canada announced a significant shake …

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German spectrum auction raises over €5B

Germany’s hotly contested spectrum auction ended today (19 June), raising €5.08 billion, after 181 rounds and 16 days of bidding. Vodafone Germany spent the most, bidding a total of approximately €2.1 billion, while Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica Deutschland will spend …

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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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Verizon opens war of words with T-Mobile US over Legere’s spectrum claims

Verizon hit back at claims from T-Mobile US CEO John Legere that it is trying to push the country’s number four player out of the upcoming US wireless auction, stating that “T-Mobile is more than welcome to participate in any auction …

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German auction sails past €1.5B reserve in two days; 900MHz more valued than 700MHz

Two days into Germany’s multi-band spectrum auction, total bids reached nearly €1.9 billion – so eclipsing the €1.5 billion floor set by BNA, the telecoms regulator – with operators apparently valuing 900MHz spectrum much more than frequencies in the 700MHz …

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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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DSA head pushes case for unlicensed spectrum to connect next 4 billion

DYNAMIC SPECTRUM ALLIANCE GLOBAL SUMMIT, PHILIPPINES: The telecoms industry needs a more dynamic way of accessing spectrum if it’s going to expand coverage to the four billion unconnected people around the world and enable the Internet of Things that will connect tens …

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Indian operators complain about spectrum interference from Pakistan

A number of India’s mobile operators have raised concerns about spectrum interference in states bordering Pakistan and called on the government to ensure that the airwaves auctioned next month don’t face this problem. Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications, …

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Airtel, Vodafone refused Indian licence extensions

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India have failed in their bids to have spectrum licences extended for 10 years, which would have avoided them giving up airwaves for an upcoming auction. According to The Economic Times, the two largest operators in …

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