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Fibre for all in the UK by 2025
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Policy announcements from both the Conservative and Labour political parties in the lead up to the 2019 UK General Election have brought the deployment of the fibre network to the forefront of discussions, with one of the proposed targets to connect all households by 2025..
The Cambridge Wireless event ‘Full fibre to every home by 2025’ held on 25 November 2019 featured discussions on the feasibility of these announcements and the necessity of such proposals, alongside whether they are ultimately possible. This article reports on some of the key points from the event.
Approaches to improving mobile coverage
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Governments or regulators have often directly attached coverage obligations to spectrum as part of spectrum auction awards, primarily to accelerate the deployment of a new technology (e.g. 4G or 5G) in areas already covered by older technologies. However, this did not often address the wider objective of increasing the area over which any mobile network service was available.
In light of the announcement of the UK Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposals – an example of government and industry working together to find a solution to the ‘not-spot’ problem - we consider the different coverage objectives that governments/regulators may have, together with possible implementation approaches.
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Regulation
M&A transaction remedies in the telecoms sector
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Competition regulators have suggested and imposed a wide variety of remedies on transactions in the telecommunication sector. These remedies were designed to protect the end consumer by promoting competition in the market.
This article analyses remedies imposed on some of the most significant European and North American mergers and acquisition transactions in the past decade.
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Regulation
The Danish multiband auction
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The Danish spectrum auction for licenses in the 700MHz, 900MHz and 2.3GHz bands took place in February/March 2019. At first look, it can be seen that this auction showed very differing outcomes for each of the participants in terms of amount of spectrum acquired and amount paid.
This article takes a closer look at the results of the auction, and discusses the reasons why each of the participants can be happy with the results, even with the very contrasting outcomes.
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Spectrum
The Swedish 700MHz auction
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In December 2018 the Swedish auction for the 700MHz band ended, raising a total of SEK2.8 billion (EUR270 million) for 2×20MHz of paired spectrum. This final price is higher than expected, judging from previous European 700MHz auctions. Why was this price so high, and why didn't the unpaired spectrum sell?
In this article, we take a closer look at the auction to see what contributed to the high prices, and how this differed from previous 700MHz auctions in Europe.
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Spectrum
The Italian 5G auction
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The Italian 5G spectrum auction concluded in October 2018 raising over EUR6.5 billion, more than twice AGCOM’s pre-auction target of EUR2.5 billion. This was primarily a result of fierce competition for the 3.7GHz band which sold for considerably more than in recent European 3.4-3.8GHz auctions. So, why did the Italians spend so much on this spectrum?
Click to read Aetha's analysis of the auction, discussing the various factors which contributed to the high prices paid for the 3.7GHz spectrum, and whether this means that high prices can be expected in future auctions elsewhere.
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Spectrum

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