Ofcom ‘fires the starting gun’ on UK 4G auction process

Ofcom ‘fires the starting gun’ on UK 4G auction processThis whole UK 4G auction process has been a bit of a farce, with delays and claims of illegality and EE (Orange and T-Mobile) getting a somewhat surprising Ofcom-approved head start.

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.”

via: Ofcom

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Pondlife  Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:47

Clearly not going to be as fast as the top home broadband, but I'd bet there's a lot on relatively slow hbb. Think my first bb was just 1Mbps...

Be nice to know who's entered the auction, wonder if there are any new entrants.

ziggy12  Dec. 12, 2012 at 14:50

they might have some speed,but whats the point when your capped to a crappy little amount anyway.


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