On 13 April 2018, Ofcom published the final results of its auction of 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band and 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band.
There were four winning bidders in the auction:
- EE won 40MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum;
- Hutchison 3G UK won 20 MHZ of 3.4 GHz spectrum;
- Telefonica UK won all 40MHz of 2.3 GHz spectrum; and
- Vodafone won 50 MHz of 3.4 GHz spectrum.
The auction raised nearly £1.4 billion in total (with around £14 million being raised in the Assignment Stage, where bidders bid for specific frequencies within each band in correspondence with the bandwidth they had been assigned in the Principal Stage of the auction).
DotEcon advised Ofcom on the design of the auction process and implementing the auction using its WebBidder online bidding platform.