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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
Australian operators Optus and Telstra are launching 700MHz 4G trial networks across Australia.
China Mobile has revealed plans to install over 500,000 4G base stations by the end of 2014.
Vodafone Portugal and Portugal Telecom have signed an agreement to deploy and share fibre networks to reach 900,000 homes in Portugal.
A top consultancy firm has backed the validity of spectrum auctions, despite Capacity’s recent Confidence, Innovation and Leadership (CIL) survey reporting that a staggering 60% of operators were losing faith in the process.
Vodafone Egypt has announced plans to invest approximately $1.3 billion to improve its network over the next three years.
Thailand’s military government has announced that its suspended 4G auction will now be held in July 2015.