04/05/2006

Ofcom awards 12 licences following spectrum auction

Ofcom has announced the license winners (and how much they pay) for the GSM Gaurd band spectrum. This allows licensees to offer low power GSM services (or other technology). If GSM is chosen there are 15 channels available each carrying 8 voice channels - so there's a reasonable ammount of flexibility in frequency plans and also if multiple licensees want to operate in the same area.

The winners are: -

British Telecommunications PLC £275,112

Cable & Wireless UK ( England) £51,002

COLT Mobile Telecommunications Ltd £1,513,218

Cyberpress Ltd £151,999

FMS Solutions Ltd £113,000

Mapesbury Communications Ltd £76,660

O2 (UK) Ltd £209,888

Opal Telecom Ltd £155,555

PLDT (UK) Ltd £88,889

Shyam Telecom UK Ltd £101,011

Spring Mobil AB £50,110

Teleware PLC £1,001,880

The price varies from £50,002 to over £1.5m and as licensees pay what they bid, some must be feeling sick right now - while others who bid just above the Ofcom minimum must be giggling to themselves.

There may well now be a flurry of license trading, but some novel new GSM type services could be offered for in-building/in-area use.
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