Quartet approved for mobile frequency auction

9 Mar 2010

Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), has announced that a total of four applicants have been admitted to the country’s largest spectrum auction since the allocation of UMTS concessions in 2000. Incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s) mobile unit T-Mobile, UK-based Vodafone, Spain’s Telefonica O2 Germany and Dutch KPN’s local unit E-Plus have all been approved to take part in the auction, slated for 12 April 2010. Two other applicants, one of which is understood to be Stuttgart-based Airdata, will not be bidding in the auction; one withdrew its application, while the other did not meet the requirements for admission to the procedure and therefore had its application rejected. As reported by CommsUpdate, the FNA revealed that six bidders had requested to take part in the auction in January 2010, but the companies requested anonymity. The auction involves licences for spectrum freed up in the switchover from analogue to digital television. A spectrum package of 360MHz is set for sale, including spectrum in the 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz ranges, as well as 60MHz in the digital dividend range of 800MHz.

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