Mobile & Wireless

Dutch multiband spectrum auction ends with four winners

Friday 14 December 2012 | 17:55 CET | News

Dutch spectrum agency Agentschap Telecom has published the results of the multiband spectrum auction. Four operators have acquired spectrum including existing MNOs KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile and newcomer Tele2 Netherlands. The fifth participant in the auction was the Zum jv between Dutch cable operators Ziggo and UPC, which did not acquire any spectrum as the prices were too high. The total yield of the auction amounts to EUR 3.8 billion, with Vodafone Netherlands paying EUR 1.38 billion, KPN paying EUR 1.35 billion, T-Mobile paying EUR 911 million and Tele2 paying EUR 161 million. Vodafone acquired spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, KPN bought spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2600 MHz as well. T-Mobile acquired spectrum in the 900 MHZ, 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands and Tele2 bought spectrum in the 800 MHz band.

The auction result: 

800 900 1800 2100 1900 2600
KPN 2x10 2x10 2x20 2x5 30
Vodafone 2x10 2x10 2x20 2x5
T-Mobile 2x15 2x30 4.9+9.7  25


Vodafone paid a total of EUR 1.381 billion plus an extra fee of EUR 7,000, KPN paid EUR 1.352 billion including EUR 2 million extra fee, T-Mobile paid EUR 910.8 million including EUR 99,000 extra, and Tele2 paid EUR 160.8 million.

Following the auction, the allocations in the paired frequency bands are as follows: 

800 900 current 900 new 1800 current 1800 new 2100 current 2100 new 2600
2600 new
KPN 2x10 2x12.4 2x10 2x18.4 2x20 2x15 2x14.8 2x10 2x10
Vodafone 2x10 2x11.4 2x10 2x5.2 2x20 2x15 2x14.6 2x10 2x10
T-Mobile 2x10 2x15 2x31.8 2x30 2x20 2x20 2x5 2x5
Tele2 2x10 - - - - - - 2x20 2x20
ZUM - - - - - - 2x20 2x20

KPN and T-Mobile have also acquired unpaired spectrum in the 2.6 GHz-band. T-Mobile has bought two unpaired blocks in the 1900MHz band. The three operators already hold unpaired spectrum in the 1900MHz band.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Agentschap Telecom / KPN / Tele2 Netherlands / T-Mobile Netherlands / UPC / Vodafone Netherlands / Ziggo
Countries: Netherlands
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