New 4G UK Phone Operators Announced By Ofcom
Telecoms watchdog Ofcom has granted permits for five more mobile phone firms to operate faster 4G networks, raising £2.34 billion for the taxpayer.
EE, Three, Niche(BT), Telefonica(O2), Vodafone. Sum raised £2.34bn – government budgeted £3.5 billion.
BT paid £186.476,000m for 2.6Ghz spectrum in 4G auction – says doesn’t plan national network but to supplement existing wireless + fixed networks.
|Winning bidder||Spectrum won||Base price|
|Everything Everywhere Ltd (EE)||2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz||£588,876,000|
|Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (Three)||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 and1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)||£186,476,000|
|Telefónica UK Ltd (o2)||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 and1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired)||£790,761,000|