Ofcom has confirmed the seven bidding parties who have put their names forward, and paid cash, to take part in the upcoming 4G spectrum auction.
All the big UK operators – Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile), Vodafone, O2 and Three – have stumped up £100,000 to enter into the auction.
As for the other three bidders – they are BT, which isn’t unexpected, but then there’s also MLL Telecom, and PCCW, the FT reports.
MLL Telecom is a UK-based network supplier, and it already owns some licensed spectrum which its clients use, so evidently wants to bolster that with some high-speed access.
PCCW is a Hong Kong-based IT and communications company which maintains a presence across the world, including Europe and the UK of course.
However, as the FT notes, these more minor players will only be attempting to get in on the cheaper 2.6GHz band, and the more valuable 800MHz spectrum will be carved up between the four major mobile networks.