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GSMA says some 5G auctions are artificially inflating spectrum prices

May 13, 2019

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The design of some 5G auctions is artificially inflating prices or inefficiently distributing already scarce spectrum resources, industry association GSMA said in a release.

“Auctions can and do fail when poorly designed,” said Brett Tarnutzer, head of spectrum for the GSMA. “We’re seeing a worrying trend of badly run spectrum awards that could seriously impact the potential of 5G before we get started. It’s time for policymakers to work more closely with stakeholders to enable more timely, fair and effective awards.”

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