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Government raises almost €1 billion from 4G auction


Pat Gill

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The government is to receive €854 million from the auction of the 4G radio spectrum which includes the frequencies just vacated by terrestrial television.

http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg12123.pdf

4G services are due to kick off in Ireland by late 2013.

Will we now get affordable broadband throughout Ireland ??
 

jmcc

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Will we now get affordable broadband throughout Ireland ??
That old FF exclamation springs to mind. :) Eircom is even trying to get out of charging line rental in UPC areas to compete with UPC.

Regards...jmcc
 

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The government is to receive €854 million from the auction of the 4G radio spectrum which includes the frequencies just vacated by terrestrial television.

http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg12123.pdf

4G services are due to kick off in Ireland by late 2013.

Will we now get affordable broadband throughout Ireland ??
Not sure 4g is the answer people think it is to the broadband issue..but wait and see I suppose.
 
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how many consumers will this service? if its 1million that means everyone will be paying €854 before a single switch is flicked.
 

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Thanks - typically the technologies mentioned tend to be referred to as 3.5 G. Of course "3.5 G License" doesn't sound quite so sexy! :)
 

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The place with a plethora of options (ie. Dublin) already will get 4G. That is just the way it is.
 

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Not sure 4g is the answer people think it is to the broadband issue..but wait and see I suppose.
It isn't. There are people in the slow lane that can't move to the middle lane, let alone thefast lane. All 4G will do is add an extra super high speed lane.
 

Pat Gill

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how many consumers will this service? if its 1million that means everyone will be paying €854 before a single switch is flicked.
And before a cent is invested in the network, hence my question in the OP about affordability.

Should the government have run the auction differently to incentivise affordability or is that just socialist nonsense ?
 

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Given our population density, I cannot see 4G being widely available outside Dublin before 2015.
Sher Why would the farm animals, haystacks and hurlers in ditches need 4g broadband?
 

gijoe

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The government is to receive €854 million from the auction of the 4G radio spectrum which includes the frequencies just vacated by terrestrial television.

http://www.comreg.ie/_fileupload/publications/ComReg12123.pdf

4G services are due to kick off in Ireland by late 2013.

Will we now get affordable broadband throughout Ireland ??
It really only affects mobile broadband AFAIK. The conditions of the auction state that they must get 70% population coverage by 2015 and half of that by end of 2013. Basically I reckon that means the Dublin region, Cork, Galway and Limerick can expect 4G mobile broadband by end 2013 with the other areas the networks cover to be rolled out over the following 2 years.
 

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And before a cent is invested in the network, hence my question in the OP about affordability.

Should the government have run the auction differently to incentivise affordability or is that just socialist nonsense ?
Its not socialist nonsense but you either have faith in the market forces or not.
Our government should probably do a hell of a lot more to prevent cartels and collusion
 
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Dylan2010

And before a cent is invested in the network, hence my question in the OP about affordability.

Should the government have run the auction differently to incentivise affordability or is that just socialist nonsense ?
it has to make it less affordable, the telcos will want that money back over 10ish years so anyone that signs will be paying the gov. 80 to 100 euros a year for no particular reason or added value. If they need to limit congestion just allow first mover advantage and the service will be quicker on the ground and cheaper.
 

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how many consumers will this service? if its 1million that means everyone will be paying €854 before a single switch is flicked.
I guess maybe they will target business customers who want the extra bandwidth, but 1k per year per customer seems pretty high.
 

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I guess maybe they will target business customers who want the extra bandwidth, but 1k per year per customer seems pretty high.
I'm paying close to that for BT broadband/DSL and UPC broadband/cable as the moment. The problem is that there is no joined up thinking with broadband provision in Ireland.

Regards...jmcc
 
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Dylan2010

I guess maybe they will target business customers who want the extra bandwidth, but 1k per year per customer seems pretty high.
it wouldnt be per year, it would be over the duration of the licence , but to pedantic there would also be interest on the licence fee paid that the companies would need to recoup.
 

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Should the government have run the auction differently to incentivise affordability or is that just socialist nonsense ?
That is how they got into the Lowry/O'Brien mess
 

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It isn't. There are people in the slow lane that can't move to the middle lane, let alone thefast lane. All 4G will do is add an extra super high speed lane.
The reality of 4G in use is about 15Mb d/l speeds, far from superfast, indeed it is not even middle lane and by 2015 this will be slow lane by EU standards. The internet becomes more demanding on bandwidth every year too as does the consumer.
 

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And before a cent is invested in the network, hence my question in the OP about affordability.

Should the government have run the auction differently to incentivise affordability or is that just socialist nonsense ?
The auction will not dictate price. Competition will dictate price. The auction should simply try and maximise the price of the licences and to get a sufficient number of competing providers.

I just don't want another Digicell farce.
 
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