Ofcom 4G auction timetable finally finalised

Ofcom 4G auction timetable finally finalisedWe’ve been writing about this bloomin’ Ofcom 4G auction since the dawn of Mobot, reporting various delays and claims that the process was illegal. Amusingly, back in March 2011, we wrote: Ofcom to auction 4G in Q1 2012.

But we finally have good news in the form of concrete dates for the Ofcom 4G auction timetable.

Bidders are required to stick their names down by December 11, with the auction taking place in January, and the final awards coming in June 2013.

The auction process is said to be pretty complicated, so much so that they’ll have a couple of dry runs – on November 26 and December 3. That’ll give O2 plenty of time to moan before the process gets underway proper.

Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief exec, said: “Today marks an important shift from preparation to the delivery of the auction, which will see widespread 4G mobile services from a range of providers. The entire industry is now focused on the auction itself, with a shared goal of delivering new and improved mobile services for consumers.”

EE currently has an Ofcom-approved monopoly on UK 4G, but its super-fast data will set you back a few quid.

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Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 14:03

Actually the date isn't concrete it's provisional atm

AhmadCentral  Nov. 12, 2012 at 14:18

Actually the date isn't concrete it's provisional atm

Like it was 2 years ago as well... ;)

Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 14:43

Well I think they used stickier glue this time..

AhmadCentral  Nov. 12, 2012 at 14:52

Of course haha, just having a dig at how long it's been delayed for now.

Good to see that it will be by 2013 in concrete. I really want to see what other networks will do for customers already with 4G phones. e.g iPhone 5

Will companies like Three and O2 and Vodafone just give access to 4G straight with out any additional costs for people in contract or will they have to change price plan like EE have done.

Obviously there will be new plans for people out of contract/not have a 4G handset. I'm just curious to see how all these 4G promises play out.

Pondlife  Nov. 12, 2012 at 15:03

Isn't the iphone 4g only compatible with ee? (possibly 3) So not sure that's good example, but can't imagine the other networks will just straight add 4g.

AhmadCentral  Nov. 12, 2012 at 15:59

Good point. I'd still like to see what they do for people on say sim only's/on contract with future 4G handsets. Will they ask to switch to a different price plan or will they just have 2G/3G/4G access all on the current plans.


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