Three Networks Bid for Swiss Radio Spectrum
Published on: 23rd Feb 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
Switzerland's three mobile networks have bought additional radio spectrum in an auction carried out by the Federal Communication Commission (ComCom).
On behalf of ComCom, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) auctioned the currently free mobile radio frequencies and those which will become free by 2014 and 2017 respectively, including those of the so-called digital dividend (former broadcasting frequencies).
The companies Orange, Sunrise, Swisscom and In&Phone had applied to take part in the auction. In&Phone did not satisfy the admission criteria and was therefore not allowed to participate in the auction. The auction lasted for a total of 13 days and was conducted using an electronic auction system.
The licences will be awarded in a technology-neutral manner and are valid until the end of 2028.
|800Mhz||20 MHz||20 MHz||20 MHz|
|900Mhz||10 MHz||30 MHz||30 MHz|
|1800Mhz||50 MHz||40 MHz||60 MHz|
|2.1Ghz FDD||40 MHz||20 MHz||60 MHz|
|2.6Ghz FDD||40 MHz||50 MHz||40 MHz|
|2.6Ghz TDD||0||0||45 MHz|
|Price Paid||USD169.6 million||USD528 million||USD394.5 million|
Worth noting that the 800Mhz blocks come into use during 2013. Some of the 900/1800/2.1Ghz spectrum can be used immediately, with the rest being released between 2015-17.
The 2.6Ghz spectrum is available immediately.