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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
The UK government was the first to auction mobile phone licenses, raising 22.4bn ($33.6bn) which is being used to reduce government debt. Five companies won: the four existing operators (Vodafone, BT Cellnet, Orange, and One2One) with one newcomer - TIW, a Canadian company in which Hutchison owns a stake.
More details on licence auction in UK
The main players - clickable guide
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