Before the German LTE spectrum auctions almost exactly three years ago, pretty much everyone I talked to agreed that the 2600 MHz range is the beachfront property for LTE due to the large 20 MHz channels it was offering. Yes, 800 MHz spectrum was interesting as well but not very much loved due to the obligations to deploy on the countryside first. Few people spoke of the 1800 MHz band and actually saw it as a side show. Fast forward to 2013 with three LTE networks now deployed in Cologne where I live. Two of the three networks run on 10 MHz channels in the 800 MHz band because countryside coverage obligations have been met. And the third one is using a 20 MHz channel with twice the speed in the initially little observed 1800 MHz band which has drawn a lot of attention in the meantime all over Europe. And what about the 2600 MHz beachfront property? Nowhere to be seen for the moment. An interesting change of tides.