The value of 800MHz spectrum in Europe is declining as markets mature

Report by Analysys Mason, US$999.

"Seven countries have awarded 800MHz digital dividend spectrum to mobile operators since the first auction of this spectrum in 2010. Our data shows a downward trend in the value of this spectrum in Western Europe, which can be explained by the following factors:

  • A growing device ecosystem in alternative LTE bands. 
  • The launch of LTE networks in alternative bands before 800MHz spectrum became available. 
  • Market consolidation - MNOs are bidding jointly for 800MHz spectrum, joint ventures have been formed, and a takeover is underway in Austria. 
  • Such market developments reduce the level of demand for spectrum. 
  • Stricter coverage requirements."

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