DUBLIN Nov 16 British mobile operator Vodafone
has paid 161 million euros ($206 million) for
fourth-generation spectrum in Ireland which will enable it to
offer faster services in the country, it said on Friday.
Ireland said the auction of 4G licences would raise 855
million euros ($1.1 billion) over their life, including annual
usage fees, a welcome boost to the country's struggling
Mobile operators Eircom-owned Meteor Mobile, Hutchison
Whampoa's Three, Telefonica Ireland and
Vodafone Ireland secured the licences, which will run
Both Meteor and Vodafone were awarded 12 packages of
spectrum, with Meteor paying 145 million euros, while Telefonica
paid 125 million for 10 packages.
Three, which paid 51 million euros for 8 packages, said it
did not need as many packages to serve its customers because it
is not supporting old 2G technology.