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Telecoms industry relieved by ‘cheap’ 4G auction prices

Derek du Preez | Feb. 21, 2013
Industry watchers, stakeholders and commentators have welcomed the news that Ofcom’s 4G spectrum auction brought in £1.2 billion less than what was anticipated by the government, although it is likely to be unwelcome news for the Treasury.

Ian Livingston, BT chief executive, said: "We are pleased to have secured this spectrum. We have said that we do not intend to build a national mobile network. Instead, this spectrum will complement our existing strategy of delivering a range of services using fixed and wireless broadband. We want our customers to enjoy the best possible connections wherever they are and this spectrum, together with our investment in fibre broadband, will help us achieve that."

Three's executive officer, David Dyson, said: "We have more than doubled our spectrum holdings in the past 12-months thanks to spectrum acquired at auction and outside the auction process. Doubling our capacity allows us to continue our growth with significant headroom to increase our current base of over 8m customers. Consumer appetite for enjoying the internet via mobile devices continues to grow, playing to our strengths. With a significantly increased spectrum holding we will continue to be the competitive force in the UK mobile market."


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