Industry Canada’s auction of unassigned 2300 MHz and 3500 MHz spectrum licences, which closed on Janaury 27, provided new entrants and smaller communications service providers with the resources they need to compete in the market. While companies such as 4253311 Canada Inc. secured the rights to 25 licences, and Mipps Inc. sits atop 18 properties, the open auction only tells half the story.  In first phase bidding, which had been combined with the participation application process, several companies secured licences without having to battle any competitors. Cogeco Cable Inc., which was shut out during open bidding, is a prime example, securing 12 licences in first phase bidding. Equally, 4253311 Canada had obtained the rights to 61 properties in the first phase process. The numbered company now holds 86 licences. Adding in the first phase total of nearly $870,000, Industry Canada’s auction haul stands at nearly $57.5 million.  The following table depicts the instances where a significant number of properties were secured in this first-phase, application stage.  Other big winners in first phase bidding include Bell Canada with 41 licences and Rogers Wireless Inc., with nine standing high bids during the first phase.