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Recent spectrum auctions worldwide have witnessed weak bidding. This indicates that communications service providers do not want to strain their debt-heavy balance sheets by spending on spectrum that will remain unused for another two to three years.


  • Spectrum spending is limited to expanding coverage.
  • Telcos are redirecting capital to IT, virtualization, and cloud.
  • Spectrum consolidation is occurring through M&A and sharing agreements.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the trends in recent spectrum auctions.
  • Assists telcos in building a near-term strategy for upcoming auctions.
  • Guides vendors on the need to offer innovative products for network optimization and cost efficiency.

Key questions answered

  • What are the reasons behind low interest in spectrum auctions?
  • What should be the priority of operators and vendors in the next two to three years?

Table of contents


  • In brief
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CSPs fixing existing business

  • Operators juggling multiple tasks
  • Little cash left for investing in spectrum
  • Making best use of existing radio spectrum


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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