Germany Delays Auction
The delay is due to a legal wrangle with fixed wireless broadband company Airdata AG because it still occupies some of the 1.8 GHz spectrum, according to a spokesman at the German regulator. Airdata's license was supposed to expire at the end of 2007, but the company wants to hold the spectrum for longer. The case is now in court, and the BNetzA spokesman says the regulator will need the rest of this year to formulate the rules for the auction that will take into account whatever the court decides.
The rules for the mobile broadband auction are expected at the end of this year and the auction will happen some time in 2009.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung