View Full Version : The winners of German frequency auction

2010-06-04, 06:12 AM
May 26, 2010, Pyramid Research

After 224 bidding rounds spread over 28 days, the German spectrum auction came to an end on May 20. Here are the details:

* In total, German operators spent €4.385bn (US$5.958bn), of which the majority — €3.576bn — was earmarked for 800MHz frequency licenses, the so-called digital dividend.
* The 800MHz spectrum comes with a coverage obligation to provide services in “white spot” and rural areas, which are currently lacking broadband. Licensees will have to cover at least 90% of the population in every federal state in Germany, as specified by the respective states, by January 1, 2016.
* The advantage of the 800MHz spectrum is that it requires fewer for base stations, thus less capex, which is particularly important in times of operators’ belt tightening. We expect that as a result of a greater quantity of spectrum, mobile broadband uptake will surge, which will in turn enable the rollout of more advanced, value-added services
* Licensees awarded 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum licenses are required to cover at least 25% of the population by January 1, 2014 and at least 50% by January 1, 2016.
* Although the licenses are technology neutral, 2.6GHz is well suited for LTE deployment, and some of operators have already expressed their eagerness to use it for LTE rollout.
* Consequently, we expect LTE to account for 10% of mobile subscriptions in Germany by 2014 (for more details see our Mobile Data Forecast).

2010-06-18, 06:06 AM

It is quite clear that frequencies below 1 GHz are the only one worth bidding for.

It is not just less base stations: For rural, in hilly environment, 2.6 or 3.4 GHz simply does not work.
On the other hand, 10 MHz bandwith does not provide enough capacity to do serious job in the cities.