Spectrum Auctions Dossier
Incentive auctions: absence is as notable as presence

One of the themes in our new Spectrum Auctions Dossier is the evolution of formats. The combinatorial clock auction has declined in popularity and recent years have been mostly been notable for minor modifications of an existing approaches. But there has been one truly revolutionary development: the incentive auction. The… Read more...

Spectrum auctions: why are they so popular?
Apr 30, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

In the long history of spectrum assignment, auctions are a relatively new arrival, having begun in earnest around the start of the new millennium. Why did they become the new normal? Read more...

Are spectrum auctions always the best solution?
Apr 16, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

Increasing concern about a lack of investment in telecoms networks, the high costs associated with 5G and the need to improve rural coverage are chipping away at the spectrum auctions hegemony. Read more...

How the format of spectrum auctions is evolving
Apr 16, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

Auction formats are the servant of many masters. They started simple, but failed to satisfy the flexibility requirement; in giving bidders more options they became more complex. The most recent trend is back towards simpler formats. Read more...

Auctions Tracker
Apr 27, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Use our Auctions Tracker to see progress in upcoming auctions and review recent assignments. You can search by band, country, region and status. Read more...

Spectrum auctions are not immune to legal challenges
May 01, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

Beauty contests often end up in the courts but auctions don't, so the conventional wisdom goes. But looking more closely we find that legal action over auctions is a fairly frequent occurrence. Read more...

Incentive auctions: for US use only?
Apr 27, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

Incentive auctions, in which spectrum holders are encouraged to relinquish their frequencies in return for a share of the proceeds, are at this point unique to the United States. Read more...

Do sunk costs influence consumer prices?
Jan 15, 2019
by Richard Handford

Over the past 20 years academics and economists have attempted to answer the question: are auction fees passed onto end-users in the form of higher pricing? Read more...

Are combinatorial clock auctions losing their lustre?
May 30, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

From around 2008 to 2013, several spectrum administrations around the world chose the combinatorial clock auction (CCA) format to allocate spectrum. Fast forward just a few years, and the CCA seems to have fallen out of favour. Why? Read more...