Digital Dividend auction begins soon

France will start the auction of LTE/4G spectrum later this month, the country’s Industry minister, Eric Besson has confirmed. He also confirmed speculation that the bidders will have limits imposed on how much spectrum they can buy to ensure the major operators do not dominate the market.
The spectrum cap will be set at 15MHz per operator for the Digital Dividend spectrum in the 800MHz bands, which is considered the most desirable block as it helps the operators deploy coverage with fewer base stations, especially in low use rural areas.
A total of 30MHz is being offered, split into four blocks.
Source: Cellular-News
Item added: 9th May 2011