Spectrum Auctions training course
Running since 2009, this online course is being run on the 20th and 21st October 2022 offering regulators and commercial organisations the opportunity to experience both theory and practice.
Mar 06, 2021 by Samantha Nye

Training Course

This online course is a practical learning experience as well as a chance to learn the lessons of recent auctions. You will take part in a variety of auctions using the latest online software with leading experts to guide you through the key principles and potential pitfalls.

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  • Prepare for forthcoming auctions
  • Learn from expert industry practitioners:
    • Dennis Ward, former Industry Canada auctioneer
    • Martin Sims, PolicyTracker
  • Take part in mock auctions using the latest online auction software
  • Interact with tutors and other delegates to explore best practice
  • Social events to enhance the learning experience

Why attend this course?

Spectrum auctions have gone from being a US and European phenomenon to becoming the global standard. Some countries have already sold frequencies released by the analogue TV switchover, but for many the release of a second digital dividend – 700 MHz – is on the horizon. Add to this 2.3 GHz; 2.6 GHz; 3.5 GHz; L-band; the refarming of existing mobile bands, parts of C-band and the mmWave bands for 5G and we can expect a full programme of spectrum release over the coming years.

Part of the purpose of this spectrum auctions training course is to learn the lessons of recent auctions, particularly the large multi-band processes in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, the UK and India, but also problematic auctions like those in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Another aim is to consider the new challenges for upcoming auctions. With the wider policy focus shifting from competition to broadband deployment do we need to re-think the emphasis on encouraging new entrants? How widely applicable is the US incentive auction format?

As the Combinatorial Clock Auction matures, is it proving to be the “ideal” format or should we be concerned about possible unintended consequences?

This course will help you assess those issues using not just theoretical means but also the practical experience gained by taking part in a variety of online auctions.

Never has the success of spectrum auctions been more crucial to the fortunes of companies or national economies and this course is designed to help you make informed choices in this vital area.

PolicyTracker’s two day Valuing the Spectrum training course is held immediately before the Auctions Masterclass. It examines the valuation issues essential to a successful auction and the content of the two courses are complementary. There is a discount for booking both courses together.

The benefits of the course

  • Practical experience: an opportunity to test strategies in a ‘safe’ environment
  • Taught by expert practitioners
  • No other comparable training available – a unique opportunity
  • Comprehensive study materials included
  • A chance to learn from colleagues from other countries
  • Excellent value for money
  • Certificate on completion of the course
  • Social events to enhance the learning experience

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at people who either work for regulators or for commercial organisations who are likely to take part in spectrum auctions. The programme is particularly relevant for the following fields: mobile; broadcasting; wireless broadband; electronics manufacturers; and some public sector spectrum users such as defence.
The content is well suited to three groups of people:

  • Executives preparing for forthcoming spectrum auctions
  • Those who want practical experience of taking part in an auction
  • Those wanting to familiarise themselves with the latest thinking in the field

Course format

The course is delivered through a flexible combination of lectures, exercises, practical demonstrations, mock auctions, feedback and review sessions, and ‘question and answer’ sessions with expert speakers. It blends the latest theory and learning with highly interactive practical learning. Class size is limited.

How do I find out more?

Fill in this form to receive our brochure, which contains full details of the programme, as well as further information.


The training costs £500 + VAT if booked two weeks or more in advance, and £600 + VAT thereafter.

If you register for the Valuing the Spectrum training course as well, there is a reduced fee: £900 + VAT if booked six weeks in advance, and £1100 + VAT thereafter.

Book online here!. Please note: non-UK residents do not have to pay VAT as long as they provide their VAT number.