Dutch Spectrum Auction Set for April

on March 11, 2010  

The Dutch government will hold an auction for the 2.6 GHz frequency spectrum in the Netherlands. Agentschap Telecom, a Dutch regulator, evaluated the bidder applications and chose 9 potential buyers.

The licenses are expected to bring three new service providers, offering WiMAX or LTE services in the Netherlands. The existing mobile operators KPN and T-Mobile Netherlands will be able to only purchase 20MHz. They hold spectrum space in the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands. Licenses paired for 3G data use will be offered at 2×5 MHz, while 4G only services will be offered in blocks of 5 MHz.

25 blocks and 38 licenses will be available to European telecom companies looking to launch 4G internet services in the Netherlands.

Photo Courtesy of vtveen via Flickr

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