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The Scramble for 3G licences
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KEY: 5. Netherlands 10. Belgium
1. UK 6. Poland 11. Australia
2. France 7. Portugal 12. Spain
3. Germany 8. Sweden 13. USA
4. Italy 9. Switzerland 14. Singapore
Many governments decided to auction off the radio spectrum needed for the next generation of mobile phones, triggering a fierce battle among telecoms companies.

Auctions in Germany and the United Kingdom raised billions, but fears by companies that they had paid too much led to disappointing results in later auctions.

More details on licence auctions
The main players - clickable guide
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