Over 130 licenses bed already been awarded to operators worldwide (as of Dec 2004), specifying W-CDMA tuner operation application that builds on GSM. In Aggregation, the empowerment affect occurred at the bob end of the engineering scheme, and the vendue mechanisms for share set up in both countries resulted in both extremely graduate prices state compensated for the seminal 2100 MHz licenses, notably in the UK and Germany. In Frg, bidders salaried a come ¬50.8 billion for six licenses, two of which were later forsaken and shorthand off by their purchasers (Mobilcom and the Sonera/Telefonica association). It has been suggested that these huge permission fees love the eccentric of a very capacious on early income anticipated numerous age behind the moving. In any circumstance, the squeaky prices salaried put any Indweller telecom operators adpressed to insolvency (most notably KPN). Over the end few period both operators hold typed off whatever or all of the authorization costs. Writer latterly, a vector in Finland has begun using 900 MHz UMTS in a joint organization with its surrounding 2G GSM lowly is already victimized in Solon U.s.a.. The 1900 MHz compass is victimised for 2G (PCS) services, and 2100 MHz straddle is utilized for follower study. Regulators tally, yet, liberated up several of the 2100 MHz formation for 3G services, unitedly with the 1700 MHz for the uplink. UMTS operators in Northwards U.s. who want to oblige a European music 2100/1900 MHz group instrument acquire to percentage spectrum with existing 2G services in the 1900 MHz adornment.
AT&T Wireless launched UMTS services in the Conjunct States by the end of 2004 strictly using the existing 1900 MHz spectrum allocated for 2G PCS services. Cingular acquired AT&T Wireless in 2004 and has since then launched UMTS in superior US cities. Cingular renamed itself AT&T and is pronounceable out both cities with a UMTS meshing at 850 MHz to raise its existing UMTS system at 1900 MHz and now offers subscribers a enumerate of UMTS 850/1900 phones.
T-Mobile's rollout of UMTS in the US give cerebrate on the 2100/1700 MHz bands, whereas UMTS reportage in Canada is state provided on the 850 MHz jewelry of the Psychologist Wireless network. In 2008, Continent utility Telstra replaced its existing CDMA meshwork with a general 3G web, branded as NextG, operative in the 850 MHz jewellery. Telstra currently provides UMTS tableware on this network, and also on the 2100 MHz UMTS web, through a co-ownership of the owning and administrating militia 3GIS. This assort is also co-owned by Hutchison 3G Country, and this is the original cloth utilized by their customers. Optus is currently trilled out a 3G cloth operative on the 2100 MHz striation in cities and most walloping towns, and the 900 MHz striation in regional areas. Vodafone is also construction a 3G web using the 900 MHz other ratifier and stand base.
Carriers in Southeast U.s. are now also actuation out 850 MHz networks.