DotEcon designs auction for 2.5 GHz mobile spectrum in Denmark

Denmark’s National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA) today announced the public consultation on the auction of 2.5 GHz spectrum in Denmark. The spectrum, which will be auctioned on a national basis, is suitable for providing 4G wireless broadband services based on standards such as LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX. However, it may also be attractive for other uses such as mobile TV or wireless cameras.

The proposed auction format is a combinatorial clock auction, with three categories of lot: one 15MHz lot at 2010-2025MHz; 14 lots of 2x5MHz at 2500-2670MHz paired with 2620-2690MHz; and ten lots of 5MHz at 2570-2620MHz. The auction format was designed by DotEcon, in accordance with the objectives set out by the Danish government. DotEcon and Analysys Mason are advising NITA on the design and implementation of the auction.

The auction is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2010 and will be conducted electronically, with participants submitting their bids via a secure Internet connection. Further information about the auction may be found in draft versions of the Information Memorandum and the Executive Order, which have been published today alongside a Consultation Document. Copies of these documents (in Danish and English) may be downloaded from the NITA’s website. Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposals by responding to the consultation before 8 September 2009.

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