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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
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has selected Ericsson as its sole supplier for the upgrade of the operator’s core national network.
Ghana operator Surfline Communications has launched the country’s first 4G data network in partnership with French vendor Alcatel-Lucent.
SingTel has partnered with Samsung and Ericsson to launch the world’s first 300Mbps 4G LTE-A service for smartphones.
The Indian government and Vodafone Group have reportedly been unable to agree on a third arbitrator for their tax dispute, pushing the deadline for the process back a month.
UK operator Vodafone is facing pressure to cut its high tariffs for 4G mobile broadband or it risks pricing itself out of the market.
An independent research study conducted by Signals Research Group (SRG) on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent found that the call setup time for VoLTE is nearly twice as fast as the call setup for existing 3G circuit switched fallback (CSFB).