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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 US raised $16.86bn (11.24bn) when it sold a total of 422 permits for local mobile phone licences (based on broadband PCS, a different technical standard from 3G). The biggest individual winners were Verizon Wireless, a joint venture with Vodafone, Cingular Wireless, a joint venture of BellSouth and SBC Communications, and AT&T Wireless.
More details on licence auction in USA
The main players - clickable guide
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