T-Orange to auction off 1800MHz next year

T-Orange to auction off 1800MHz next year

The newly merged Orange and T-Mobile will auction off a quarter of its 1800MHz spectrum next year.

The sale of what amounts to 2 x15MHz of 1800MHz spectrum was a key concession made by the two operators in order to get the EU Commission’s blessing for the merger, which was confirmed today.

In an interview with Orange CEO Tom Alexander and T-Mobile MD Richard Moat, Alexander said: ‘We will sell the spectrum by private auction in two tranches.’

He added that the sale of both tranches will take place ‘before the end of 2011.’

However the spectrum will not be cleared of Orange and T-Mobile traffic for at least another two years. Alexander said the first tranche of 2 x10 megahertz of 1800 MHz will be cleared by September 2013 and the second tranche of 2 x5 megahertz of 1800 MHz will be cleared by September 2015.

However Alexander declined to comment on the details of the new network- sharing deal with 3 which was also hammered out in negotiations with the EU Commission.

Sources last week said the deal would guarantee 3 access to 16,000 UK mast sites.

However Alexander said: ‘We can’t go into detail at this stage.’

Written by Mobile Today
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