We’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.”