Telefónica, T-Mobile and Vodafone were successful at the Czech Republic’s auction of 4G LTE spectrum, the country's telecommunications authority (CTU) said on Tuesday, after Revolution Mobile and Sazka Telecommunications dropped out of the bidding.
In total, the three winners spent €316 million on frequency blocks in the 800MHz range.
Telefónica and T-Mobile bought two 800MHz blocks for €92 million and €85 million respectively, while Vodafone bought one 800MHz block for €104 million.
Each of the three operators also acquired part of the ‘B2’ block of spectrum in the 1.8GHz band and four blocks in the 2.6GHz FDD band, the watchdog added.
One of the purposes of the auction was to encourage a new entrant to the market to create a fourth operator.
But the regulator said in a statement: “Despite the fact the fact that CTU created ideal conditions for a fourth operator to enter the market, both new interested parties, in the end, decided not to join the Czech mobile market.”
The regulator cancelled an initial auction in March after receiving bids of more than €742 million that it feared might trigger an unwanted jump in prices for users.
The revised figure echoes the amount spent by Belgian operators Belgacom, Mobistar and BASE in a similar auction last week.
Last month, operators in Austria were furious at spending €2 billion - almost four times the amount targeted - in a 4G auction that was among the costliest in Europe to date.
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