Ofcom releases spectrum auction winners update for UK

British telecom regulator Ofcom announced the result of the principal stage of its spectrum auction to release airwaves for 4G mobile and 5G services in UK.

Ofcom said the total value of the principal stage is £1,355,744,000 during the spectrum auction that started this month.
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Ofcom is conducting a spectrum auction to sell 2.3 GHz to improve 4G capacity for mobile users and 3.4 GHz for 5G.

Who won?
# Airspan Spectrum has not won spectrum in either band

# EE has won 40 MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum for £302,592,000

# Hutchison 3G UK has won 20 MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum for £151,296,000

# Telefonica UK has won all 40 MHz of 2.3 GHz spectrum available for £205,896,000; and 40 MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum for £317,720,000

# Vodafone has won 50 MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum for £378,240,000

Ofcom will move to the assignment stage, which is the last bidding stage of the auction. This allows companies who have won spectrum in the principal stage to bid to determine where in the frequency bands their new spectrum will be located.

Ofcom will issue the winning bidders with licences to use the relevant spectrum within a few days, allowing them to begin putting it to use.

Vodafone UK in a statement said that it acquired 50 MHz of spectrum in the 3400 MHz band for 5G mobile data services for £378.2 million or €433.4 million.

Vodafone will use 3400 MHz spectrum to set up 5G network, enabling Gigabit speeds and lower latency to enhance applications including connected vehicles and robotics, industrial automated systems, and virtual and augmented reality in UK.

BT said it secured 40MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum suitable for 5G services, strengthening EE’s mobile network leadership. BT’s cost for the spectrum will be £302.6 million.

“The acquisition of 40MHz of 3.4GHz spectrum positions us well for launching 5G services,” Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said.