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UK 4G Spectrum Auction Attracts New Bidders

Seven firms are preparing to bid for spectrum that will enable them to provide fourth-generation wireless services. Among the suitors, according to regulator Ofcom, are
Vodafone Group Plc, Telefonica SA, mobile-phone operators Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Everything Everywhere, and France Telecom SA. Also bidding will be BT Group Plc, MLL Telecom Ltd., a network service supplier, and HKT, a Hong Kong phone company. The auction, scheduled for next month, will reportedly increase the amount of available airwave for mobile devices by more than 75 percent. Licenses should be granted by Ofcom by March 2013 with services expected to launch in May and June. (Businessweek)(BBC)(Ofcom)

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