January 2014

On behalf of Three UK and EE, Aetha carried out a detailed assessment of the licence fees for 1800MHz spectrum which were determined by Ofcom (as part of a joint project with Analysys Mason Ltd). Our analysis assessed the economic arguments used by Ofcom in its approach to setting (relative) spectrum fees and compared the resulting price levels to international benchmarks. The findings of our work formed a key input into our client’s consultation response on the matter of annual licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum.The document was published by our clients as part of their response to Ofcom’s consultation and is available on Ofcom’s website.

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