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Five players line up for Dutch spectrum auction

10 сентября 2012

Competition in the Dutch mobile market could be set to intensify, after five companies signed up to participate in the country's upcoming spectrum auction.

Agentschap Telecom (AT), the government agency charged with obtaining and allocating radio frequencies and monitoring their use, plans to start the auction on 31 October. Up for grabs are licences in six frequency bands: 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2.1 GHz, and 2.6 GHz. The spectrum will be sold off in 2x5 MHz chunks.

"The future licensees can decide what services they offer and the technologies they use," said the AT, in a statement.

Incumbent telco KPN and the local units of U.K.-based Vodafone and Germany's Deutsche Telekom are the Netherlands' three dominant mobile players. However, to stimulate competition, the AT has reserved two chunks of spectrum in the 800-MHz band and one chunk in the 900-MHz band for new entrants.

The AT did not disclose the five companies that plan to participate in the auction, although it is likely that KPN, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are among them. Other potential participants include Sweden's Tele2, which already has operations in the Netherlands and has repeatedly shown interest in shaking up the market.

The country's two-largest cable providers, Ziggo and UPC, could also be lining up bids.

Источник: Total Telecom

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