Danish cellcos awarded 1800MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services

30 Sep 2016

Denmark’s telecoms regulator, the Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen), has announced the results of the auction for LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1800MHz band – which commenced on 20 September – with three applicants securing a total of 2×65MHz in the band. Hi3G Denmark and YouSee (TDC) won 2×20MHz each for DKK300.159 million (USD45 million), while TT-Netvaerket (Telia/Telenor’s joint venture) bid DKK425.239 million for 2×25MHz in the band. Under the terms and conditions of the 15-year concessions, the operators must provide mobile broadband services with downlink/uplink of 30Mbps/3Mbps in 245 underserved areas by December 2019.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in June 2014 the watchdog revealed that it was gearing up for a new spectrum tender in 2016 as the GSM-1800 licences awarded to YouSee, Telia and Telenor will expire on 17 June 2017. The regulator disclosed that it planned to reassign the spectrum for mobile broadband services, with a decision on the auction framework published in June 2016. In August Energistyrelsen received applications for participation in the auction from three companies – TT-Netvaerket, YouSee and Hi3G.