According to news agency Reuters, Dutch telecoms group KPN has stated that it would be ‘disciplined’ in its participation in Germany’s largest mobile largest spectrum auction since the allocation of UMTS concessions in 2000, scheduled for 12 April 2010. The company, which operates in Germany under the E-Plus brand, has said it aims to improve network capacity. ‘E-Plus is interested in new spectrum as on option for decreasing the cost of its plans to increase capacity and coverage in Germany,’ KPN stated in a position paper, adding it was looking at bidding for the 800MHz frequencies. ‘E-Plus will take a disciplined value-driven approach in the auction so that spectrum is only acquired at the right price,’ the firm added.
Last month Germany’s telecoms regulator, the Federal Network Agency (FNA), announced that a total of four applicants had been admitted to the auction which involves licences for spectrum freed up in the switchover from analogue to digital television: incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom’s (DT’s) mobile unit T-Mobile; UK-based Vodafone; Spain’s Telefonica O2 Germany; and E-Plus. A spectrum package of 360MHz is set for sale, including spectrum in the 1.7GHz, 1.8GHz, 2GHz and 2.6GHz ranges, as well as 60MHz in the digital dividend range of 800MHz.