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Ofcom has drafted the legislation to open up two 4G bands next year, with bidders required to register by 11 December, the auction in January and the awards in June. The regulator published its proposals for the auction in August, but this is the proposed legislation which will make that auction happen. The final rules don't …

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Given the scarcity of players...

Why would they not collaborate in advance - keep the auction price rock bottom and then sort out a private auction/exchange themselves?

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Re: Given the scarcity of players...

Because that would (by my reckoning) be classed as a price-fixing 'Cartel', which don't go down well at all with regulatory bodies such as the ECC. Just look at BA/ Virgin, or or LG/ Sharp/ Chunghwa:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/12/lcd_price_fixing_guilty_pleas/

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Cue sound...

The crisp rustling sound of thick brown envelopes being passed across the table, and rather fatter ones handed over below it.

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02 and Voda are already prepped to share their kit

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/10/01/o2_voda/

lets hope this does not lead to "sharing" the profits for all this 4g by keeping prices high due to the lack of need for competition.

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I think the lack of competitions a given, not least as EE only have to hand over the spectrum they're obligated to give Three (as Ofcom's quid pro quo for the early monopoly) in two lots one year and two years from now. Hardly a rush to widen the market then.

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Who clears?

It's the broadcasters who're clearing the spectrum, not Ofcom and Arqiva. Arqiva just take their lead from the broadcasters (they are one, in some cases)... but it's the broadcasters who say yes.

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