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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
France refused to hold an auction, instead offering four licences at a fixed price of $4.6bn (3.1bn) each, where the bidders have to fulfil certain criteria, a so-called 'beauty contest'. So far France Telecom's Orange and Vivendi are the only two confirmed bidders after foreign rivals, such as Spain's Telefonica, withdrew.
More details on licence auction in France
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