Friday, 21 September 2018

BT among spectrum winners as UK 4G auction misses targets

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Wednesday 20 February 13

Licence contest raises £2.34 billion; sums could go up as winning bidders enter 'assignment stage' to determine location of their spectrum.

The U.K.'s auction of spectrum suitable for rolling out LTE, or 4G, services has ended, raising £2.34 billion for the Treasury, more than £1 billion less than the government had hoped for. The list of winning bidders comes as no great surprise. All four of the country's existing mobile operators have acquired spectrum, as has fixed-line incumbent BT, which secured spectrum in the 2.6-GHz band that it says it will use to augment its fixed and mobile broadband offerings; it will not roll out a national mobile network…

The U.K.'s auction of spectrum suitable for rolling out LTE, or 4G, services has ended, raising £2.34 billion for the Treasury, more than £1 billion less than the government had hoped for. The list of winning bidders comes as no great surprise. All four of the country's existing mobile operators have acquired spectrum, as has fixed-line incumbent BT, which secured spectrum in the 2.6-GHz band that it says it will use to augment its fixed and mobile broadband offerings; it will not roll out a national mobile network…

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