Ofcom cuts back proposed spectrum price hike

The initial proposal was met with strong opposition

UK communications regulator Ofcom has responded to criticism over its proposal to increase annual licence fees for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum in the UK with a reduced proposal and the promise of a further consultation before the plan is finalised next year.

Mobiltel extends 900/1800MHz spectrum licence

Mobiltel is holding on to its 900 and 1800MHz spectrum

Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian subsidiary Mobiltel, said Tuesday it has extended its licence for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum to 2024. The company paid €30.6m for the extension.

African LTE operator “could happily prioritise Skype traffic”

Smile is happy to support OTT services like Skype, which other operators consider potentially damaging

A greenfield LTE operator that has launched this year in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda would “happily prioritise Skype traffic” at the expense of standards-based voice services if that is what the market demanded, its chief operating officer has told

Qualcomm IP licensing architect to retire

Steve Altman

Qualcomm vice chairman, Steve Altman, is to retire from the firm January 3, 2014, but will continue to serve as a strategic consultant to the company.

Macedonian cellcos awarded LTE spectrum

The Macedonian 4G auction recently finished

Telekom Austria’s Macedonian subsidiary, Vip Operator, was the first of its peers to confirm the award of one of three LTE frequency blocks on Thursday.

Telenor cuts its losses in Mumbai

Telenor did not bid for spectrum in Mumbai in the November 2012 when the 2G licences were reauctioned

Norwegian operator group Telenor will cease operating in Mumbai, after being told by India’s Supreme Court to shut down its operations in the city. The operator’s Indian subsidiary, Uninor, will lose around 1.84 million customers as a result.

Ofcom sets £1.3bn reserve price for UK LTE auction


UK regulator Ofcom has released its regulations and schedule for the auction of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to be used for LTE services. The regulator has set a reserve price of £1.3bn for all available spectrum, including 2x15MHz of 1800MHz spectrum that Everything Everywhere is required to divest as part of the deal that saw it cleared to launch LTE at 1800MHz in October.

The end may be in sight for the UK’s 4G saga

Searching for the next big thing

Back in April I looked at some of the issues surrounding Everything Everywhere’s proposal to launch LTE services over its existing 1800MHz spectrum, noting that all parties, regulator and operators, have shot themselves in the foot by delaying the upcoming 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction. With O2 and Vodafone complaining about state aid on the one hand, and Ofcom issuing consultation after consultation on the other, it was beginning to look as if the UK might never get 4G.

KMI licence application rejected for second time

KMI's application for spectrum was rejected

South Korea’s telecoms regulator KCC has kicked would-be operator Korea Mobile Internet’s (KMI) licence application into touch for a second time following the latter’s failure to achieve the minimum requirements to secure the licence.

Ofcom sets out 4G licensing timeline

The 4G licensing awards are set to take place by 4Q11 via an auction process

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has set out the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in the UK, which has been set aside for 4G technologies, most likely LTE.

Liberia awards second WiMAX licence to WAT

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority has granted a second WiMAX licence for the West African country. The 15 year licence goes to West Africa Telecommunications Incorporated (WAT) and allows the company to deploy a network to provide voice and internet services nationwide. Comium already operates a WiMAX network in the country.

Thailand 3G auction delayed by court

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a lower court ruling halting the auction of 3G licenses in the country. Last week, state run operator CAT Telecom challenged the auction propsal in court arguing that the Office of the National Telecommunication Commission did not have authority to grant spectrum until the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) – new body – has been established.

India’s 3G licensing auction finally over

India’s 3G licensing auction finally over

After what seems like years of waiting for it to start, and weeks of bidding, India’s 3G licensing auction has finally come to a close, with the biggest winner being the government. India raked in more than $14.6bn from the process, as operators fought to get the most desired chunks of spectrum.

LTE auctions will reduce the number of players in ultracompetitive markets

Universes expand and then contract. Similarly, mature mobile markets that have expanded over the past 20 years are on the verge of contracting over the next five years.

Indian 3G auction to start in April

Indian 3G spectrum auction to take place April 9, 2010

The long delayed auction of 3G spectrum in India has been given a new date – April 9, 2010.

Telekom Austria rolls out 3G in Belarus

Telekom Austria wins 3G licence in Belarus for Velcom

Telekom Austria said Wednesday that its majority owned Belarusian mobile subsidiary, Velcom, has been granted a countrywide UMTS license for a price of €9.5m.

All eyes are on WiMAX, but MSOs hold keys to India’s broadband future

With all eyes in India firmly focused on the looming 3G/WiMAX auctions in New Delhi, a consensus is emerging that the country’s broadband future will be dominated by wireless rather than fixed-line services.

Nawras wins fixed line licence in Oman

Nawras wins fixed line licence in Oman

Second placed Omani mobile operator Nawras has been issued a fixed line licence, the company said on Tuesday.

Indian 3G awards to be delayed until year end

Indian 3G awards to be delayed until year end

The official award of 3G wireless spectrum in India may now be delayed until the end of 2009, and possibly even later, industry watchers warned on Tuesday.

China’s 3G wall comes down

China's 3G wall comes down

Huawei and ZTE are the only clear-cut winners to emerge so far. Who are the winners and losers from the award of 3G licences in China last month? As widely expected, China Mobile was granted a TD-SCDMA licence, China Unicom a WCDMA concession, and a CDMA2000 EV-DO licence was awarded to China Telecom. But as [...]