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Three win spectrum in Cyprus, market minnow misses out 

Cable operator beats Primetel to secure licence for 800-MHz, 2.6-GHz spectrum.
Cyprus this week published the results of a spectrum auction in which it sold off three packages of frequencies in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, raising €17.5 million in total.

The country's Department of Electronic Communications, part of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, on Monday revealed that incumbent mobile operators Cyta and MTN picked up two of the available licences, while cable operator Cablenet secured the third.
Mobile market newcomer Primetel, which launched services a year ago, took part in the bidding, but came away with nothing.

Sharing the provisional results of the sale, which was concluded on 1 June, the Department of Electronic Communications noted that Cyta, which offers mobile services in the country under a partnership deal with Vodafone, spent the most at €6.5 million. MTN racked up a €6 million bill, while Cablenet agreed to pay €5.5 million for its spectrum package.

All three operators secured licences comprising 2x10 MHz of 800-MHz spectrum, 2x20 MHz of 2.6-GHz spectrum, and 15 MHz of unpaired frequencies also in the 2.6 GHz band.

Source: Total Telecom