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Spectrum valuation: critical strategic, technical and commercial factors for operators and regulators

Operators will need to consider many universal and local variables to ensure that they acquire spectrum at sustainable prices.

A record number of spectrum licences will be auctioned in 2012. Spectrum is becoming available in a wide variety of bands, facilitating the roll-out of next-generation mobile broadband networks ('4G'). Operators need to understand how to best compare and contrast the different bands to determine appropriate spectrum asset valuations. This report examines the key strategic, commercial and technical factors that should inform decision making in the run-up to spectrum auctions, and explains the results of previous auctions.

This Report answers your key questions:

  • what are the key trends in spectrum valuation?
  • is low-frequency spectrum considerably more valuable than high-frequency bands?
  • what are the key variables that affect spectrum valuation?
  • what are the policy trends that may influence spectrum prices?

Companies mentioned in this report: América Móvil, Anatel, AT&T, Cell C, China Mobile, Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile), EVN Telecom, France Telecom (Orange), Globe Telecom, Hanoi Telecom (Vietnamobile), Hutchison 3G UK (3), LightSquared, Net4Mobility, Sonera, Telefónica de España (Movistar), Telefónica UK (O2), TeliaSonera, TELUS Communications, Verizon, Vodafone (UK) and Vodafone España.