Ofcom announces winners of GSM spectrum auction


Ofcom announces winners of GSM spectrum auction

Antony Savvas

Ofcom has raised almost £4m from an auction of GSM spectrum licences to service providers.

The sealed bids included one of over £1.5m from Colt Telecom for a licence. Other companies paid as little as £50,000 for the same spectrum.

All companies had the same bidding information available to them before they submitted their sealed bids to Ofcom.

The GSM spectrum sold will allow providers to sell private GSM-based networks to companies and organisations.

The 12 licences awarded are in the 1781.7MHz to 1785MHz and 1876.7MHz to 1880MHz bands.

The winners (and their bids) were:

  • Colt (just over £1.5m)
  • TeleWare (£1m)
  • BT (£275,000)
  • O2 (£210,000)
  • Opal Telecom (£155,000)
  • Cyberpress (£152,000)
  • FMS Solutions (£113,000)
  • Shyam Telecom UK (£101,000)
  • PLDT (£89,000)
  • Mapesbury Communications (£77,000)
  • Cable & Wireless £51,000
  • Spring Mobil AB £50,000.

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