MAINZ (Dow Jones) – The ongoing for weeks Mobile spectrum auction has ended. As the Federal Network Agency announced on Thursday, reached the sum of all bids held at the end of Auction 4.385 billion EUR. In the coveted 800-megahertz range was the Mobile operator E-Plus is reported to empty out. The auction had already on 12 April in Mainz started.
It came under the hammer Sendespektrum the frequency ranges 800 Megahertz (MHz), 1.8 gigahertz (GHz), 2 GHz and 2.6 GHz. For Auction were the four licensed mobile operator T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2. Especially attractive was the 800-MHz frequency band, which in the wake of the closure analogue broadcasting has become vacant and the comparatively has the highest range.
The 800-MHz frequencies were awarded in six blocks, although at first it was depending on the bidding restrictions. Were allowed to E-Plus and O2 offer for more blocks than T-Mobile and Vodafone, as the two latter already has more spectrum in the 900 MHz range have two smaller than the E-operator.
The German Telekom, Vodafone and O2 have at the auction According to information from Thursday two blocks in the 800-MHz range secured and cut out the competitor E-Plus.
Website: http://www2.bundesnetzagentur.de/frequenzversteigerung2010 DJG / phg / kla
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May 20, 2010 11:25 ET (15:25 GMT)
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