French LTE spectrum auction hits the skids

It seems that US greenfield operator LightSquared isn’t the only telco business on the wrong side of spectrum interference difficulties this week: French telecom/media construction services company Bouygues looks set to rain on the country’s LTE spectrum auction parade, with allegations that the service blocks television broadcasting services in some parts of the country.

French LTE spectrum auction to be launched by May

French telecoms regulator ARCEP has said that the country’s LTE spectrum auction will be launched before May this year. The terms of the sale, which is expected to raise €2bn, are expected to be finalised shortly and ARCEP has said that it wants to award the spectrum before the end of this year.

Mobile WiMAX subs revenue to top $15bn by 2014

Annual revenues from WiMAX 802.16e broadband subscribers will exceed $15 billion globally by 2014. That is the headline finding of a recent report from Juniper Research, which says it trimmed its previous WiMAX revenue forecasts on account of spectrum auction postponements in several countries, funding problems from the credit crunch, and slow network implementations.

France begins fourth 3G tender

French telecoms regulator ARCEP on Thursday launched the tender process for the country’s fourth 3G licence. Interested parties have 20 weeks to submit a bid for the licence, with the reserve price for the spectrum set at Eur619.2m. ARCEP has previously said that a number of players have expressed interest in the assignment of the […]


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