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Old 20-02-2013, 07:12
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Just announced:

Everything Everywhere Ltd

2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and
2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz
£588,876,000

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd

2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz
£225,000,000

Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc)

2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
£186,476,000

Telefónica UK Ltd

2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz (coverage obligation lot)
£550,000,000

Vodafone Ltd

2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz,
2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and
1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)
£790,761,000

Total £2,341,113,000

http://media.ofcom.org.uk/2013/02/20...obile-auction/
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:24
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so EE got the most? what does 800 mhz and 2.6ghz mean for spectrum?
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:25
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Vodafone got the best there
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:26
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I don't know what all them stats mean are vodafone and o2s results extra good them having 2x10mhz of 800?

Vodafone spent the most but it looks to me like they got the most
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:29
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Yup both Vodafone and O2 have a massive market position of the superior sub 1ghz frequency what with their current 900mhz holding
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:35
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I think all the bidders will be reasonably pleased by the outcome. O2 and Vodafone in particular now have a good slice of the premium spectrum. Those that wanted the higher frequencies for more specialised use will be pleased and Three/EE have now got some prime 800Mhz spectrum.
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:38
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With Telefonica getting the coverage obligation lot and the current project to roll out 3G with Vodafone, maybe it won't be long before people stop complaining about their coverage!
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:54
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Am I reading this right... O2 got the coverage obligation? I am about to keel over in laughter.

How many months before they're hauled in to explain why they aren't meeting their obligations?

I hope their core network can cope with the demand, they must be upgrading to stainless steel tins and the best string.
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Old 20-02-2013, 07:57
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Am I reading this right... O2 got the coverage obligation? I am about to keel over in laughter.

How many months before they're hauled in to explain why they aren't meeting their obligations?

I hope their core network can cope with the demand, they must be upgrading to stainless steel tins and the best string.
You really do need to stop living in 2009. There is an intelligent discussion to be had here about the uses of the different frequencies and what impact this auction will have on consumers. It also reveals a lack of understanding of the 4G roll out process.

But some cheap shot at a network you don't like is your contribution?
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:01
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You really do need to stop living in 2009. There is an intelligent discussion to be had here about the uses of the different frequencies and what impact this auction will have on consumers. It also reveals a lack of understanding of the 4G roll out process.

But some cheap shot at a network you don't like is your contribution?
O2 have patently shown that they were unable to roll out the previous generation network in a sensible amount of time, so it is justified to ask if they will do the same this time.

I appreciate that O2 is your favourite network but people should be allowed to criticise the auction outcome.

You do not have to be in 2009 to know that O2 still has poor 3G coverage and a unreliable network (two very major outages happened in 2012)
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:11
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O2 have patently shown that they were unable to roll out the previous generation network in a sensible amount of time, so it is justified to ask if they will do the same this time.

I appreciate that O2 is your favourite network but people should be allowed to criticise the auction outcome.

You do not have to be in 2009 to know that O2 still has poor 3G coverage and a unreliable network (two very major outages happened in 2012)
We have had this discussion several times, so I'm not going to repeat it. People can look at our posting histories if they are interested.

By all means criticise the outcome of the auction, but do it based on a full understanding of the situation now and not as it was in 2009.
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:12
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Sorry for my complete noob questions.
But why does only one network get coverage obligation? And to me it looks like Three didn't get that much (ok, I know they will still get 1,800Mhz from EE).
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:19
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Both Vodafone and O2 have won the same amount of 800MHz spectrum and have stated that they will both roll-out their 4G together so one would expect both companies to have similar coverage throughout the UK with 800MHz and both will likely work to the timetable set by the coverage obligation that applies to O2 (Telefonica).

Overall the auction looks like a good result for the networks and consumers.
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:20
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Sorry for my complete noob questions.
But why does only one network get coverage obligation? And to me it looks like Three didn't get that much (ok, I know they will still get 1,800Mhz from EE).
one lot had a coverage obligation but was a cheaper lot to buy.
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:22
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Looking forward to George Osbournes reaction, got £1bn hole in his winter budget
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:40
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Pretty pleased O2 got the CO lot. As wave says it should ensure both VOD and O2 rollout decent coverage over the whole country. I will be quite refreshing to be able to recommend a network to a customer based on price/features rather than coverage. I've been saying "avoid Vodafone/O2 if you want a smartphone" for as long as I can remember.
Good to see Three getting a nice chunk to go with their 1800.

In the last week Three have turned off 2G fall back where I live. My Brother is livid. We are very rural. With this auction Three have gone from not having any low frequency spectrum to not having any high frequency spectrum. Good move!
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:44
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the government would have made more money if it was divided in to less bundles. the 3G raised a lot because their were 5 licences and for 4 companies it was unthinkable not to have one. but it's just another tax.

vodafone have bought a butt load. i wonder what they plan on doing with it.

Looking forward to George Osbournes reaction, got £1bn hole in his winter budget
increase taxes by £1bn somewhere or other. you understand that it's not really his budget, it's not his money?
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:46
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I don't get what voda want to do with all that 2600 I mean the penetration into buildings is not going to be the best. Maybe like home broadband?
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:49
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I don't get what voda want to do with all that 2600 I mean the penetration into buildings is not going to be the best. Maybe like home broadband?
i wondered that.

i'm not sure what it means. it might just be to reduce the load on the sub 1GHz bands by taking the outdoor/strong signal.

are they also allowed to recycle all their 2G spectrum? so maybe it's not as top loaded as it looks.
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Old 20-02-2013, 08:55
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I don't think 2600 will be as bad as everyone is making out. It's being compared to CDMA on 2100 and the conclusion is it's higher so it'll be worse. I wouldn't be surprised if the fact that LTE isn't a CDMA technology, makes LTE over 2600 the same or better than 3G over 2100.
If its so bad, why have EE and Vodafone bought so much?
For Both these networks the 2600 will massively increase capacity in urban areas, taking the load off the lower frequencies.
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Old 20-02-2013, 09:21
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Telefónica UK Ltd

2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz (coverage obligation lot)
£550,000,000
They'll be some smart alecs here spitting features at that news!

To me it looks like Vodafone got the best deal out of the auction closely followed by EE. All four incumbent operators getting 800MHz spectrum should provide less excuses for any of them in the long run.

Interesting to see that other than BT's subsidiary, Vodafone also got unpaired 2.6GHz spectrum. I wonder if they see TD-LTE as having a long term future for mobile, or are they looking at possible fixed wireless broadband as well?

Edit: Also just noticed that 3 got their 800Mhz slice of the pie for the minimum offer of £225 million in part to do with Ofcom's rule of insisting of at least four networks being available. A cracking bargain for them.
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Old 20-02-2013, 09:49
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Vodafone carry a substantial radio backhaul network and have just purchased cable and wireless, would think 2600 is going to be used on backhaul/core activities.
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:06
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Hello

Vodaphone got the license for free, if you consider their unpaid tax bill.

In fact, if the Government had withheld license until Vodaphone had paid tax owed, George Osborne would be several billion ahead.
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:08
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I don't understand.

Why has O2 only got 800mhz ? Is this detrimental ? Or will vodafone share with O2 ?
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Old 20-02-2013, 10:13
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Hello

Vodaphone got the license for free, if you consider their unpaid tax bill.

In fact, if the Government had withheld license until Vodaphone had paid tax owed, George Osborne would be several billion ahead.
completely off topic but had to answer as you are spouting untruths.

Vodafone paid and continue to pay every penny of their tax bill.
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