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20 February 2013
| Kavit Majithia
The UK airwave auction has fallen well below early estimates after only raising £2.3 billion with five bidders successfully acquiring spectrum.
Analysts had anticipated as much as £3.5 billion would
be raised from the auction, and this sum had already reportedly
been factored into government accounts for this year.
The auction was fiercely contested, despite only raising
a 10th of the £22.5 billion raised during the 3G
auction in 2000.
As the auction finally draws towards a close, the UK will
SK Telecom and Nokia Networks claim to have demonstrated the first LTE low power communication technology for the internet of things (IoT) in Korea.
Senegalese regulators have opened a tender for a 4G mobile licence in the country, Reuters reports.
Qatari operator Ooredoo has signed a five year frame agreement with Ericsson for the supply of 2G, 3G and 4G radio, core and transmission solutions.
Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that four companies have applied to take part in its auction of spectrum in the 800MHz band.
France is to kick off its 700MHz spectrum auction on November 16, according to the country’s regulatory agency.
Swedish telco Tele2 has revealed the commercial launch of its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the Netherlands via its regional subsidiary.