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.
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.’
that the sale of both tranches will take place ‘before the end of 2011.’
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.
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.
last week said the deal would guarantee 3 access to 16,000 UK
However Alexander said: ‘We can’t go into detail at this