Yesterday, Ofcom welcomed applications to take place in the 2013 4G auction – the largest ever of its kind in the UK.
Applicants had until 4pm yesterday to submit their applications, alongside a mandatory £100,000 deposit.
Come next year’s 4G auction, the bidders will compete for spectrum in two bands, namely 800MHz (which was freed up by the death of analogue TV) and 2.6GHz (ideal for delivering fast speeds to a large number of consumers).
Somewhat sillily (yeah, I just made up a word), Ofcom tells us to expect 4G speeds to be comparable with home broadband. Sigh. That’s not entirely realistic, and a bit like me saying: “I can run as fast as an animal.” Which I can.
“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,” screamed Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive.
“The entire industry is now focused on the auction itself, with a shared goal of delivering new and improved mobile services for consumers.”