Tuesday, 11 December 2018

UK telcos spend big as 5G spectrum auction raises £1.35 billion

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Thursday 05 April 18

Vodafone, O2 and EE each spent in excess of £300m on 5G spectrum, with Three also spending over £150m

The initial phase of the UK's 5G spectrum has come to a close, with four operators securing 34 lots of spectrum across two bands.  Vodafone, O2, Three and EE all won large amounts of spectrum at the auction, while the fifth qualified bidder, Airspan Spectrum Holdings, walked away with nothing (although they are expected to make more serious bids in the 28GHz spectrum auction, which will be held at a much later date).   The £1.35 billion raised far exceeded the predicted amount of £1 billion – £1.1 billion proposed by a number of analysts in the run up to the auction…

The initial phase of the UK's 5G spectrum has come to a close, with four operators securing 34 lots of spectrum across two bands.  Vodafone, O2, Three and EE all won large amounts of spectrum at the auction, while the fifth qualified bidder, Airspan Spectrum Holdings, walked away with nothing (although they are expected to make more serious bids in the 28GHz spectrum auction, which will be held at a much later date).   The £1.35 billion raised far exceeded the predicted amount of £1 billion – £1.1 billion proposed by a number of analysts in the run up to the auction…

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