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20 February 2013
| Kavit Majithia
The UK airwave auction has fallen well below early estimates after only raising £2.3 billion with five bidders successfully acquiring spectrum.
Analysts had anticipated as much as £3.5 billion would
be raised from the auction, and this sum had already reportedly
been factored into government accounts for this year.
The auction was fiercely contested, despite only raising
a 10th of the £22.5 billion raised during the 3G
auction in 2000.
As the auction finally draws towards a close, the UK will
Greek regulators have received three bids for its mobile frequency sale with the view of upgrading telecoms services.
UK mobile phone retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration after its operator partner EE said that it would not renew its network agreement with the firm.
A summary of the week’s biggest telecoms news stories.
Vodafone has launched HD voice across the UK.
The joint mobile venture between Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, Airtel-Vodafone, has appointed industry veteran David Fowler as chief technical officer.
Marten Pieters, chief executive and managing director at Vodafone India, has told reporters that the telecoms industry in the country is “a mess”, due to too much competition.