It was back in September when Ofcom obeyed logic announcing it would open up older, unused radio spectrums to enable faster and wider national 3G coverage and now the first wave (sorry) of results is in.
The big winner/bidder in the 10GHz to 40GHz round was T-Mobile which dished out £321,000 to acquire 11 licences in all with Orange splashing out a £272,130 for a pair of licences in the 32GHz band. Arquiva captured two licences in the 28GHz band for £260,000 with BT, the last of the big names, paying £183,000 for a single licence in the 32GHz band.
MLL Telecom, UK Broadband, Digiweb, Faultbasic, Transfinite Systems and Red-M Systems rounded off the bidding paying between £179,000 and £10,000 with UK Broadband nabbing four licences in the 40GHz band for just £120,000.
Of far more value however (and one that will excite all the major players) is the upcoming L-Band auction - the massive spectrum slowly being vacated by the incremental cessation of analogue TV signals. The bidding won't start for this until 2009, but when it does expect it to be fierce...
A full table of results is below, for more click on the link.
Ofcom Formal Results (pdf warning)