Tuesday, July 12, 2005


The other OFCOM (in Switzerland) has announced an auction of three national WiMAX licenses to be held by year-end. Following the pattern seen elsewhere in Europe to date, I assume that two of these will end up in the hands of incumbent mobile players (Swisscom, Sunrise, or maybe the mooted convergence of Orange and Cablecom), but the third may be a wildcard. The consultation document (in French) contains some interesting details about the kinds of parties interested, where they come from (one service provider from Germany, one from Belgium - hmmm, wonder who they could be?), and what segments of the market they envisage serving with the licenses. Mobile services and fixed seem pretty equally split, as do consumer/SMEs.

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