OFCOM Raises £2.64 billion in 4G Auction

Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richards said “4G coverage will extend far beyond that of existing 3G services, covering 98% of the UK population indoors, and even more outdoors which is good news for parts of the country currently underserved by mobile broadband: After more than 50 rounds of bidding, Everything Everywhere Ltd, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc), Telefónica UK Ltd and Vodafone Ltd have all won spectrum. This is suitable for rolling out new superfast mobile broadband services to consumers and to small and large businesses across the UK. The auction has achieved Ofcom’s purpose of promoting strong competition in the 4G mobile market. This is expected to lead to faster mobile broadband speeds, lower prices, greater innovation, new investment and better coverage. cheap uggs for adults Almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end of 2017 at the latest. A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. adidas stan smith The lower-frequency 800 MHz band is part of the ‘digital dividend’ freed up when analogue terrestrial TV was switched off, and is ideal for widespread mobile coverage. ray ban aviator crystal The higher frequency 2.6 GHz band is ideal for delivery the capacity needed for faster speeds. The availability of the two will allow 4G networks to achieve widespread coverage as well as offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres. nike lebron Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive said “This is a positive outcome for competition in the UK, which will lead to faster and more widespread mobile broadband and substantial benefits for consumers and businesses across the country. adidas tubular We are confi dent that the UK will be among the most competitive markets in the world for 4G services.” Value for Consumers In 2012, Ofcom conducted an assessment of future mobile competition in the UK. asics uk This concluded that consumers were likely to benefit from better services at lower prices if there were at least four credible national wholesalers of 4G mobile services. However, going into the auction, Ofcom took the view that there were only three operators (EE, O2 and Vodafone) with sufficient spectrum to support such services. Therefore, in the interests of competition, spectrum was reserved in the auction for a fourth national wholesaler. That spectrum has been won by Hutchison 3G UK Ltd. The winners had to pay for their spectrum by 21st February 2013 and the new 4G services are expected to launch in early summer. Adidas Neo Ofcom Chief Executive, Ed Richardson said “4G coverage will extend far beyond that of existing 3G services, covering 98% of the UK population indoors, and even more outdoors which is good news for parts of the country currently underserved by mobile broadband” The £2.34bn raised by the auction was a lot less than expected. ugg men In 2000 the auction of 3G raised an extraordinary £22bn. The Offi ce for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had forecast that the auction would raise £3.5bn for the Treasury. new balance 996 Ofcom said that by 2030 demand for the mobile data could be 80 times higher than today and it was planning for a further spectrum for possible future 5G mobile services.


 

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