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German 4G spectrum goes under the hammer

Europe’s first auction of “fourth generation” frequencies got underway in Germany on Monday, technology that promises to revolutionise what mobile phones are capable of.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2010 21:46 IST

Europe’s first auction of “fourth generation” frequencies got underway in Germany on Monday, technology that promises to revolutionise what mobile phones are capable of.

The auction, which began in Mainz, may raise a fraction of the 50 billion euros generated from the sale of third generation UMTS licenses in 2000.

But unlike UMTS, fourth generation Long Term Evolution networks are expected to be up and running soon and experts are confident that the new technology will not disappoint.

“Demand is well ahead of supply,” said Matthias Kurth, head of the German telecoms agency running the auction, with “severe competition” among operators Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and E-Plus, owned by Dutch operator KPN.

The new technology will mean users will be able to view high-definition videos on mobile phones, and to transfer data at much higher speeds.