The big German spectrum auction heads into week five, reports Light Reading, and the bidding has just passed the €3 billion (US$3.9 billion) mark after 161 rounds.
Total bids so far on Monday morning came to €3.09 billion ($4.02 billion), and the bidding is still going on among the four participating German operators — E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH , Deutsche Telekom AG, Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH, and Vodafone Germany.
The 800MHz frequency band has attracted the highest amount of bids at about €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion). There are about 71 3G slots available for auction in India, bidding on 22 telecoms zones in India, with 9 companies taking part in the 3G sale. The latest auction results are posted here.
Meanwhile, the Indian 3G spectrum auction will be completed in “one or two” days, telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja told parliament on Thursday.
Aggressive 3G bids could spell trouble for mobile operators. The world’s fastest-growing mobile market has 12 providers, four times the number operating in China. Fourteen million new subscriptions were added in India last month alone, but new entrants have scrambled to win customers by cutting tariffs that were already among the lowest in the world. The Government has said that it expects proceeds from the auction to exceed its original $US 8 billion target, helping it to plug its fiscal deficit, which was at a 16-year high last year.
Auction for the broadband wireless spectrum (at 2.3 GHz) will start after two days of the close of 3G auction, which started on April 9.
The Indian government expects revenue from both the 3G and wireless broadband services to total some 500 billion rupees ($11.2 billion). The government, in its federal budget in February, said it expected revenue about half that.
The total number of mobile users in India is currently 584.32 million, second only to China’s 777m.
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