The Mad Grab For A Piece Of Britain's Air Waves

Mobile-phone players are bidding billions in Europe's first big sale of next-generation spectrum

In a room at Britain's Radio Communications Agency in London's Dockland are rows of tables. Each has a sign with names such as Vodafone AirTouch and Orange PLC and a fax machine connected to the companies' bid teams located elsewhere. A few times a day, the faxes stir into life and disgorge a message, which an attendant then posts on a board.

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