Norwegian 3.5 GHz Auction Update

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James Enck: Norwegian 3.5 GHz auction is complete and raised about $8 million. Of the 150 frequency blocks available in six regions, Telenor got six blocks in each region (36 total) for NOK13.5m, UPC paid NOK11m in all (but there are no details yet on allocation), and big-winner NextGenTel got 47 blocks for NOK13m. James doesn’t explain why the frequencies were auctioned, and what they will be used for! I frankly haven’t got the foggiest idea about the usage.

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Lars Kamp

Correct, the licenses were auctioned for fixed wireless, more specifically for standard IEEE 802.16, of which WIMAX is a subset.
Particularly interesting was the fact that the regulatory authority excluded incumbent operator Telenor from the auctions (http://www.dmeurope.com/default.asp?ArticleID=1922), arguing that the firm currently uses the 3.6 to 3.8 GHz band for internal radio communications which could be used for the WiMAX next-generation wireless internet offering.
Detailed results of the auction can be found under the link I posted.

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