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Thursday 25 March, 2021

OFCOM

Ofcom: Spectrum award moves to negotiation period

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Office of Communications
25 March 2021
 

25 March 2021

Spectrum auction moves to the negotiation period 

Ofcom has confirmed that the spectrum auction for the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands will now move to the negotiation period.

Ofcom announced the results of the principal stage of the auction on Wednesday 17 March. This set out how much spectrum the participants had secured in each band and how much they had committed to pay. Bidding in the assignment stage, in which companies bid for the frequency positions they prefer for the airwaves they have secured in the principal stage, has also ended.

Winners of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band have confirmed they wish to go ahead with the negotiation period. Bidders now have the opportunity to negotiate the frequency positions among themselves, in order to facilitate trades to join together the frequencies they have secured with spectrum they already hold in the wider 3.4-3.8 GHz band.

The first phase of the negotiation period starts on 25 March and ends on 16 April 2021. If a second phase is required, this is expected to take place between 19 and 23 April 2021.

We will publish the full results of the auction once all stages are complete.

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