T-Mobile leads in AWS auction

The second week of the AWS auction ended on Friday, with the original 168 bidders being whittled down to 137 and with money so far pledged for licenses reaching $11.37 billion. As of Friday, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have outspent all of the other remaining bidders combined.
T-Mobile License LLC held the leading bid of more than $3.8 billion on 125 licenses. Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Group were second with $2.8 billion for four licenses. SpectrumCo, a consortium of Comcast, Time Warner, Sprint Nextel, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks, was third with about $1.72 billion in winning bids on 100 licenses. Cingular has the winning bids on 42 licenses valued at about $711.5 million.

Among telecoms, T-Mobile had every reason to be aggressive, as it badly trails Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wireless in spectrum allocations. Notable among media companies: Satellite consortium Wireless DBS had bowed out, but SpectrumCo is still in the race--one of few remaining media players still moving aggressively.

The auction started on August 9, and is well on its way toward raising the expected $15 billion for the government.

For more on the AWS auction:
-see Katie Fehrencbacher's GigaOm report
-and this AP report

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