2.6GHz licences sold for USD3.5m

27 Apr 2010

The Netherlands’ auction of radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6GHz band ended yesterday with a total of five firms winning licences at a total cost of EUR2.6 million (USD3.5 million). The winners are Zesko Holding (Ziggo), Tele2-Versatel, KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile, each of which acquired a portion of the frequency spectrum on offer. The Dutch telecommunications agency OPTA says the new concessions are valid until 2030 and will allow operators to use the 2.6GHz band to provide 4G services such as TV broadcasts, web conferencing and online gaming. The successful licence winners must roll out their new networks within two years, an OPTA statement read.