Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: bidding passes €4.7 billion in German spectrum auction; NokiaLu gets US approval; more broken broadband promises.
Bidding in Germany's multi-band spectrum auction has now risen to nearly €4.77 billion (US$5.43 billion), beating the €4.4 billion ($5 billion) generated by the 4G auction held five years ago. Existing mobile operators Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Vodafone Germany and Telefónica Deutschland GmbH are competing for airwaves in the 700MHz band, currently used by broadcasters but earmarked for mobile broadband services throughout the European region. Operators are also bidding for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum -- with a number of licenses for this band set to expire next year -- as well as 1.5GHz airwaves. Bidding for licenses in the flexible 1800MHz band currently accounts for nearly half of the overall amount. (See German Spectrum Auction Bidding Hits $2.2B.)
BICS , the international wholesale division of Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG), says the volume of LTE roaming traffic on its network has been growing at a month-on-month rate of 25%. The operator has been investing in IPX transit capabilities to support LTE roaming and claims to have been involved in service launches in countries including France, Poland, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the UAE. (See BICS Sees Explosion of LTE Roaming Traffic and BICS Looks to MVNOs, OTTs for Growth.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading