Ofcom to launch 5G airwaves auction after Three of the court challenge fails

Ofcom to launch 5G airwaves auction after Three of the court challenge fails
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Ofcom is setting in motion the sale of 5G networks after the mobile operator of Three failed in a last attempt to revise the auction.
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Ofcom is setting in motion the sale of 5G networks after the mobile operator of Three failed in a last attempt to revise the auction.

Three of his efforts for a decrease of 37% cap on the amount of mobile spectrum any operator could own was rejected at the Court of Appeal.
The decision hands the communications regulator free run the launch of the radio spectrum sale in April.

we welcome this decision, and will now continue with the dissemination of these important waves
Ofcom

Ofcom said: “The Court of Appeal has firmly rejected the Three applications for leave to appeal on all grounds.
“we welcome this decision, and will now continue with the dissemination of these important waves.
“This new capability will allow mobile companies to offer more reliable reception, and to prepare for future 5G services.”
Ofcom revealed the rules for the mobile, the spectrum auction in July, that he had to meet the insatiable demand for data from the UK, smartphone users.
The telecoms regulator said the auction would be in charge of 5G mobile and increase the available airwaves for mobile devices by a third party.
the Three argued that the process would impede competition, for example Vodafone, BT and O2 to claim too much mobile spectrum.
EE and Three times lost a separate High Court case in December, with BT EE hard the cap too rigid and Three stating that it was too generous.

Our appeal to the competition in the united KINGDOM, the mobile market
Three

Three, which is owned by the conglomerate of Hong Kong CK Hutchison, has been the only operator to continue the case to the Court of Appeal.
In a press release, Three said it was disappointed by the result, but stood by its decision to appeal.
She said: “Our appeal to the competition in the united KINGDOM, the mobile market and the frequency distribution is the most important factor in the maintenance of a competitive market.
“The court process has helped to provide clarity on whether there is a genuine 37% of the cap and, thanks to the hearing, Ofcom is now much more clear that 37% of the cap is the level they believe is appropriate to maintain the competitive balance.
“We still believe that 37% of the cap is too high, if the objective of the policy is competitive, with four players in the market, and we would like to see them together at a lower level in the future.”
BT/EE holds 45% of all usable mobile spectrum, while Three is the owner of approximately 12%.
the Mobile phone operator O2, which controls about 15% of all usable spectrum, said: “we welcome today’s decision to reject Three appeals. It is now imperative that we move forward and hold the auction as soon as possible.”

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