Spectrum Auctions Dossier
The agony continues in Portugal’s record-breaking auction
Sep 28, 2021
by Manuel R. Marti

Portugal’s multi-band spectrum auction is still going on, almost a year after it began. The main bidding phase of the sale of 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.6 GHz frequencies started on 14 January, although the award has been running in some form since… Read more...

French regulator prepares 5G auctions in overseas territories
Sep 22, 2021
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

French regulator ARCEP has launched two consultations on planned 5G spectrum auctions in the country’s overseas territories. 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...