Denmark’s telecoms regulator, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen), has announced the results of the auction for LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band – which commenced on 20 September – with three applicants securing a total of 2×65MHz in the band. Hi3G Denmark and YouSee (TDC) won 2×20MHz each for DKK300.159 million (USD45 million), while TT-Netvaerket (Telia/Telenor’s joint venture) bid DKK425.239 million for 2×25MHz in the band. Under the terms and conditions of the 15-year concessions, the operators must provide mobile broadband services with downlink/uplink of 30Mbps/3Mbps in 245 underserved areas by December 2019.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in June 2014 the watchdog revealed that it was gearing up for a new spectrum tender in 2016 as the GSM-1800 licences awarded to YouSee, Telia and Telenor will expire on 17 June 2017. The regulator disclosed that it planned to reassign the spectrum for mobile broadband services, with a decision on the auction framework published in June 2016. In August Energistyrelsen received applications for participation in the auction from three companies – TT-Netvaerket, YouSee and Hi3G.