Hi3G comes out on top in 2.5GHz auction

6 May 2010

Danish telecoms regulator the National IT and Telecom Agency (Telestyrelsen) has announced the completion of the main phase of its auction of spectrum in the 2.5GHz frequency band suitable for the provision of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. The regulator revealed that Hi3G Access Denmark, which is 60%-owned by Hutchison Whampoa with the remainder held by the Swedish Investor Group, won the largest block comprising 2×10MHz paired and 25MHz unpaired spectrum in the 2.5GHz band, while the mobile unit of incumbent telco TDC was awarded 2×20MHz paired spectrum. Telenor Denmark, the local unit of Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, and TeliaSonera of Sweden’s Telia Denmark both received 2×20MHz paired and 10MHz unpaired spectrum. A final round of bidding will allow the operators to name preferences for a specific position in the band. Following that allocation round, Telestyrelsen said it will announce the exact awards and prices for the licences.