What Do Current 5G Spectrum Auctions Tell Us About its Business Case?
On April 5, 2018, United Kingdom’s telco regulatory authority Ofcom completed auction of 5G spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band. The four winners included Vodafone, O2, Three UK, and EE Limited, and the auction raised US$1.64 billion in revenue. The results were the following for a total of 150 MHz: • O2 won 40 MHz, paying about US$447 million (US$11.18/Hz). • Vodafone won 50 MHz, for which it paid US$532 million (US$10.65/Hz). • EE paid US$427 million for 40 MHz, and (US$10.68/Hz). • Three UK won 20 MHz, paying US$231 million (US$11.57/Hz).
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