4G licenses to be auctioned by Ofcom

By Posted 22 Mar 2011, 12:24

The UK has fallen behind the likes of Japan and the US when it comes to a 4G mobile network, but Ofcom has laid out plans for an auction of 4G mobile spectrum in the country.

Kate Solomon of TechRadar is reporting that Ofcom are saying that the new spectrum will provide capacity for 4G data, which should see mobile users having data speeds similar to what they get with their home broadband connection.

The auction will not begin until early 2012 though, and there will be two spectrum bands up for grabs. First there is 800 MHz, which will have a larger capacity due to the digital TV switchover and can widen existing 2G and 3G coverage. The 2.6GHz band will allow for the higher data speeds with 4G mobile.

Ofcom are looking to have four UK networks having the chance to offer a 4G service, and has put forward safeguard caps to prevent one of the big networks grabbing a larger share of the spectrum. Another condition that Ofcom are putting in place is that mobile broadband will have to cover 95% of the UK by 2017.

By making sure there will be four mobile carriers eventually offering a 4G service, will be better for the consumer in the long run. The British Government should also see a nice windfall once the auction is complete.

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