Monday, February 04, 2013

How relevant is the Dutch 4G auction?

At first sight, an auction is business-as-usual, a non-event.
  • Spectrum: simply a license renewal.
Taking a closer look, it looks quite exciting:
  • Spectrum: a lot of licenses, technology-neutral, up for grabs.
  • New entrant: from 3 to 4 MNOs.
  • Technology: from 3G to 4G.
  • New entrant: Tele2 is an MVNO already. End-users will not care.
  • Technology: upgraded 3G (HSPA) can match 4G performance at launch.
Conclusion: not so much of a big deal after all ... at first.