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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
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