- British Telecommunications PLC £275,112
- Cable & Wireless UK £51,002
- COLT Mobile Telecommunications Ltd £1,513,218
- Cyberpress Ltd £151,999
- FMS Solutions Ltd £113,000
- Mapesbury Communications Ltd £76,660
- O2 Ltd £209,888
- Opal Telecom Ltd £155,555
- PLDT Ltd £88,889
- Shyam Telecom UK Ltd £101,011
- Spring Mobil AB £50,110
- Teleware PLC £1,001,880
A national DCS license for less than US$100k. Damn. (I bet COLT felt like chumps when they saw that they were spending something like 10x the typical winning bid, too.)
The catch is that transmitted power is limited to 200 mW and mast heights are limited to 10 meters AGL for outdoor installations. It seems to me that the 200 mW limitation seems overly conservative, given that a typical GSM handset can put out a full Watt, but Ofcom wrote up a report justifying these limitations on the grounds that they were required for limiting interference with other cells. Clearly, from the assumptions of the report, Ofcom expects these licenses to be used to provide high capacity over small areas, with each licensee having non-exclusive access to the full 6.6 MHz spectrum. Otherwise, it would have made more sense to give each licensee exclusive use of a more limited bandwidth at much higher power levels, even if that meant fewer licenses.
So I'm assuming this is all about fill-in pico-cells, but maybe I'm wrong. I'd love to hear reports of what the license holders are actually doing with this spectrum. I've also heard of similar low power cellular in the Netherlands. I can't find as much information on that, but welcome any reports of similar openings in other countries.