BT to enter 4G fray as Vodafone wins big in superfast auction


The 4G spectrum allocation always fascinating-concluded in the UK, and it seems that most companies have anything they wanted. The auction, which has been running since the end of last year, but is negotiating for years, believes that the combined total of “only” the tip of the HMG £ 2.3 billion, instead of the £ George Osborne 3.5 billion was looking. Vodafone support the most effective after a grueling 50 rounds of bidding, spending £ 790m for both 85MHz frequency of 800 MHz long term and 2.6GHz spectrum friendliest city. Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence confirmed the network had gone after a series of spectrum that can penetrate the most: “[The results of the auction 4G] will allow us to offer services where people really want, especially in the interior … the next generation of mobile Internet services will bring real benefits to consumers and businesses. “BT was the winner of the three new candidates, through their niche business spectrum, but this is very feasible for pumping broadband to the most difficult to reach, in Britain, as TechRadar network said last year. Interestingly, BT only obtained spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band, which is touted as less able to spread widely, but that certainly does not rule out the possibility of providing rural broadband, so it will be interesting to see how the company brings 4G their market. O2 was the big surprise in the results of the auction, and although it has much of the coveted 800 MHz range, only 20MHz. We surveyed the network to see how this fits into their plans because most rival Vodafone has more MHz, but at least the bubbly provider only paid £ 550 for the privilege. Three are believed missing out on the 800 MHz band, especially as you already bought part of the spectrum of EE last year as part of the agreement to allow the brand combined Orange and T-Mobile to deploy 4G in the decade UK. However, three 10MHz collected in space longer range, but still paid £ 225m. And of course EE was there too, throwing £ 588m in the pot to win even more spectrum in both the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands – perhaps that the supplier will cut prices to compete with the three of the promise not to raise prices when 4G brings live in the summer. The auction is not over yet, though. We still have a bidding round for each winner to decide where he will sit spectrum allocation, as it can have effects on profitability and coverage. And spare a thought for the likes of MLL Telecom Ltd and HKT (UK) Ltd – both lost in the auction and do not get to see that £ 100,000 nonrefundable deposit back. Ofcom has stated that he believes that this auction will lead to further price declines in the mobile broadband space, and you will see almost full coverage of 4G in the UK in 2017. Networks also have to pay for your auction win on February 22. So if a man in a suit pops round Vodafone borrowing a tenner, at least you’ll know why.

via TechRadar


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