The auction was stopped because the bids were TOO HIGH. Spectrum is everything. Sprint-Softbank are attempting the heist of the century in broad daylight. Not going to happen. Too many smart/rich entities out there waiting for the right moment to pounce. The article below can be found at total telecom.
Czech telco regulator suspends spectrum auction
By Leos Rousek, Dow Jones Newswires
Friday 08 March 2013
Watchdog says bids are too high and would likely result in higher costs for consumers.
The Czech telecommunications regulator, or CTU, Friday said it has suspended its auction for mobile radio frequencies to allow the upgrade of current data wireless networks and a possible entry of a new cellular operator into the local market.
Bids for CTU's frequencies in 800, 1,800 and 2,600 megahertz bandwidths have climbed to above 20 billion koruna ($1.03 billion), or nearly the three-fold of the minimum bid of CZK7.4 billion set at the start of the auction, the regulator said.
At this level bids are too high to allow and would most likely be passed on to local customers, the regulator said, adding that it will revise its tender terms before resuming the auction process.
The suspended bandwidth auction was expected to help speed up the roll-out of new high-speed mobile networks with long-term evolution technology, or LTE, the successor to third-generation, or 3G, mobile data services.
The local market is dominated by Czech units of three major Western European operators: Telefonica SA, Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile and Vodafone Group PLC.
All three incumbents and PPF Mobile Services AS, a telecommunications firm controlled by the privately-held financial company PPF Group NV, in turn majority owned by Czech financier Petr Kellner, took part in the mobile frequency auction.
Regulation of spectrum varies from region and country. Some countries have set up the auction of spectrum to force smaller players/break-up larger participants roles. The situation is complex: small EU countries like the Czech Republic see themselves being swamped by the large foreign multi-national operators including those listed in the article. Other countries have attempted to regulate in such a way that it has caused there to be many small operators, resulting in too little cohesion between networks, sometimes very high roaming rates, and overall high rates for service due to capital and operational inefficiencies. France, India are among examples of regulations that had 'good intent' that have resulted in messy situations.
This has no meaning for Clearwire directly. CW is gone, dead and nearly buried as a separate company... the choice of headstones may be up for debate.. and what happens to the divvying up of the inheritance, but that's about it.
Keep in mind: this auction looks representative of the mantra of multiple-carrier networks... not one trick, brain-dead macrocell networks of the past. Take the benefits of low (800MHz), mid (1.8GHz), and high (2.6GHz) band spectrum and it can be made into a highly powerful true 4G network. The history of bidding for just the 2.6GHz looks much different.
So, that means that every US carrier would (have to) need to buy some 2.5-2.6Mghz frequency spectrum in order to have the the comprehensive assortment that make "a highly powerful true 4G network." Where else can they (the other carriers) get the 2.5-2.6Mghz frequency spectrum other than CLWR?
Not apples for apples, for sure, but still indicative of the value of spectrum in the broadest sense. Spectrum is the highway. Nobody goes anywhere without it. 2.6 GHz is a major piece of the puzzle.
The spectrum and the future are too valuable - absolutely!
Good find - thank you.
Clearwire spectrum can (WILL) break the US telecom duopoly; however... Sprint is NO BETTER a CUSTODIAN than the big two and the large data users (Apple, Google, MSFT, Amazon, DISH) know it!!!
Three BILLION DOLLAR per YEAR WHOLESALE AGREEMENTS are on the table waiting to be signed - June will be a HUGE month for Clearwire.
When the TD-LTE network goes live we will experience downloads in excess of 30 Mbps and 2x extended coverage. You WiMAX users that we're out-of-range will NOW BE COVERED by existing towers. The tower spacing was ALWAYS SETUP with TD-LTE in-mind!
There will be several BIG BOY users of OUR spectrum in the months to come.
$8+ NO LESS!!!!!
indano..what clwr is doing RIGHT NOW on towers here in my neck of the woods is changing existing wimax samsung rru's with samsung wimax-LTE dual mode rru's. the gc's are turning around this work in 48 hours per tower and there are MANY towers where the work is underway right NOW. thanks for all your great postings....
It’s called demand and supply. No one except Dish is currently bidding on Clearwire spectrum (note: Sprint doesn't have to). I don’t see Verizon, AT&T, Centurylink, US Celluar, Leap, MetroCS, and others jumping on the bidding wagon, do yuh? After all, nothing is stopping them. It’s the demand that dictates the pricing of a particular spectrum and Dish as the sole bidder can price at whatever deemed fair as in 21 cents / MHZ-POP because there are no competing bids...
Key word in your comment is "currently" as this saga has a way to go before playing out. If CLWR management were not in the bag to Sprint, as the recent share awards blatantly made clear (pun intended), we'd be in a different scenario. Nevertheless, despite the convoluted CLWR governance that attempts to allow Sprint's manipulation, other bidders will come forth to contest this takeover. The spectrum and the future are too valuable.