On 1 March Ofcom announced the final results of the UK 4G spectrum auction. The final stage of the bidding process raised an additional £27,160,322 bringing to total revenue from the auction up to a total of £2,368,273,322.
The aim of the final stage of the auction was to assign frequencies to bidders winning spectrum in the previous stage, and the final auction results are:
- Everything Everywhere was allocated 796 to 801 MHz paired with 837 to 842 MHz in the 800 MHz band and 2535 to 2570 MHz paired with 2655 to 2690 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band without making an additional payment for this allocation.
- Hutchison 3G was allocated 791 to 796 MHz paired with 832 to 837 MHz in the 800 MHz band without making an additional payment for this allocation.
- Niche Spectrum Ventures was allocated 2520 to 2535 MHz paired with 2640 to 26555 MHz as well as 2595 to 2620 MHz in the 2.6GHz band paying an additional £15,061,179 for their allocation.
- Telefonica O2 was allocated 811 to 821 MHz paired with 852 to 862 MHz in the 800 MHz band without making an additional payment for this allocation.
- Vodafone was allocated 801 to 811 MHz paired with 842 to 852 MHz in the 800 MHz band and 2500 to 2520 MHz paired with 2620 to 2640 MHz and 2570 to 2595 MHz in the 2.6GHz band for an additional payment of £12,099,143.
This successfully concludes the UK 4G auction.
DotEcon worked on various aspects of the award process over the course of several years. DotEcon advised Ofcom on the design and implementation of the auction, which was run using DotEcon’s WebBidder auction platform. For further information on the auction outcome see Ofcom’s press release.