Ofcom Reveals 4G Auction Plans



Ofcom has released the plans for the 4G spectrum auction which will see networks being able to bid from the beginning of next year with consumers expecting to see 4G services rolled out at the end of 2013.


The auction will sell parts of the radio spectrum to support future 4G services so you can expect super-fast mobile broadband when your network starts offering it.


Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange), Vodafone and Telefonica that owns O2 are the three operators set to bid in the auction and Ofcom has revealed that it will reserve some of the spectrum to encourage a fourth bidder.


Ofcom said “In the interests of competition, Ofcom has decided to reserve a minimum amount of spectrum in the auction for a fourth operator. This could be either Hutchinson 3G or a new entrant altogether”.


The UK is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to 4G with many countries already having rolled out their LTE services and 4G handsets becoming commonplace in overseas markets.


There have been a number of trials from UK networks taking place over the last 12 months but these latest plans from Ofcom will see the 4G service becoming available to the mainstream later in 2013.


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