A summary report on the 28 ghz auction provides a

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A summary report on the 28 GHz auction provides a brief overview of the auction outcome, the reasons why it ended the way it did, and how the unsold licences could be handled. Another report provides a summary of the feedback received on the 3.4 GHz FWA auction, highlighting views expressed on the licence packaging, the preparation of the auction, the auction design, the conduct of the auction and recommendations for future developments. It should be noted that an extensive study carried out by McKinsey on behalf of the European Commission, DG Information Society on 3G licensing was published 25 June 2002: “Comparative Assessment of the Licensing Regimes for 3G Mobile Communications in the European Union and their Impact on the Mobile Communications Sector” 1 . This report, in addition to an analysis of the 3G process and the impact of 3G on the telecom markets, provides recommendations and guidelines for future spectrum assignments in Europe. 2.4 Auctions and beauty contests – still a sensitive issue Very few administrations have published specific reports or analysis documents on auctions and beauty contests. Websites of administrations seldom contain a specific area on the subject, and often such information can only be found via a search for or review of old press releases for instance. In a few countries some studies have been published, but mainly or only in the national language, which makes it difficult for other administrations to build upon the experience of those NRAs. Further, a number of administrations have only published executive orders, decrees and other official legal documents. 1 Full report available at: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/telecoms/radiospec/doc/pdf/mobiles/mckinsey_study/final_report.pdf For annexes to the report: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/topics/telecoms/radiospec/doc/pdf/mobiles/mckinsey_study/annex_final_re port.pdf
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ECC REPORT 65 Page 7 In view of the limited amount of studies made public it is not surprising that NRAs decide to contract consultancies to examine experience gained by others before they make their own decisions whether to hold a beauty contest or run an auction, and possibly how to do it. It could be argued that national information on a specific selection procedure for a type of frequencies in one country at a given point in time is difficult to transpose to any other case; however, the fact that experience to date is being investigated again and again on behalf of administrations, the latest example being Sweden in 2004, shows that there would be a merit in NRAs making their work more public, possibly in English. One possible explanation for the lack of public information in the area could be the fact that selection procedures, such as for UMTS, have been very sensitive and led to highly political debates. It is understandable that certain reports containing criticism towards a government or an NRA will not be highlighted on their websites. This has been the case in the Netherlands where the UMTS auction gave
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