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O2 UK claims LTE spectrum auction is illegal

The UK arm of Telefónica, O2, has released a statement blasting UK regulator Ofcom’s consultation over the forthcoming digital dividend spectrum auction.

The operator is objecting to the use of spectrum floors, whereby at least four operators will get at least 10MHz of spectrum below 1GHz. However, O2 believe that these spectrum floors amount to a state aid, which would make them illegal under EU law.

France launches LTE spectrum auction

The French auction for LTE spectrum is now imminent after French digital economy minister Éric Besson signed a decree launching the tender for operators to submit their bids, The process will begin in the coming days, French newspaper Le Monde reported, once the announcement is published in an official gazette. Operators will have until September to submit their bids.

Three bidders in Thai 3G licence auction

The top three local mobile operators in Thailand, AIS, DTAC and True Move, were the only companies to apply to bid in the upcoming 3G spectrum auction. Qualified bidders will be announced on September 15, 2010. Licenses auctioned will be valid for 15 years for 15MHz bandwidth in the 2100MHz band.

Making sense of European spectrum auctions

Regulators across Europe are busy this year auctioning spectrum in the 2.6GHz spectrum frequency range as well as other frequencies including the 800MHz Digital Dividend. 800MHz spectrum is clearly of great value to operators as the equivalent US auction demonstrated.

Qualcomm to bid for Indian spectrum

US chip shop Qualcomm has confirmed its intention to bid in India’s upcoming auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

India’s spectrum auction delays cost country dear

Amid concerns that India’ auction of 3G spectrum may be delayed yet again, the WiMAX Forum has said that every six months of delay in the process results in $1bn in lost revenues for the country.

Nortel to offload GSM business

Nortel, the fading star of the telecoms world, said late Wednesday it is planning to sell off its GSM and GSM-R (GSM for railways) assets via an open auction process.

India 3G auction may happen sooner than expected

Analysts have reason to believe that the long awaited Indian 3G spectrum auction may take place sooner rather than later, although its expected impact on competition and technology is thought to be vastly overstated.

Ericsson wins Nortel LTE, CDMA auction

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson emerged as the highest bidder for Nortel’s LTE and CDMA assets in a 12 hour auction which took place on Friday.

Denmark to auction 4G spectrum

Denmark this week got the auction process for its 2.5GHz spectrum underway, with the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA) announcing a public consultation on the auction.

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