Spectrum Selling Like Hot Cakes

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4Q 2013 | IN-1017467


Auctioned Spectrum in Finland, New Zealand, and Croatia


Spectrum is going under the auction hammer in an increasingly frenetic pace. Finland has awarded spectrum in the 800 MHz band, its three main mobile operators emerging as the winning bidders in a 9 month auction process. DNA, Elisa, and TeliaSonera Finland each won two of the six 800 MHz spectrum blocks up for grabs. TeliaSonera revealed that its Finnish unit, Sonera, secured 2x10 MHz of spectrum for a total cost of €41.2 million. The telco already operates a 4G LTE network using 1,800 MHz and 2.6-GHz spectrum.

Similarly New Zealand and Croatia have also completed sub-1 GHz spectrum auctions. In the case of New Zealand, Telecom NZ and Vodafone have each bid $66 million (plus GST) for 2x15 MHz (three lots), while 2degrees bid for 2x10 MHz (two lots) at a price of $44 million (plus GST). Croatia’s spectrum auction is expected to finish in mid to late November but bidding has already started for 2x5 MHz of LTE spec...

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