Ofcom today announced the results of the UK 4G spectrum auction. The winning bidders and the spectrum they won in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands are summarised below.
The auction sets the landscape for the deployment of UK 4G networks, taken along with their existing holdings of 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz spectrum, all of which Ofcom proposes to liberalise (i.e. make technology-neutral).
The specific frequencies to be held by each of the winners is not yet fixed and a subsequent ‘assignment stage’ will determine the final outcomes.
That isn’t the end of the story and Ofcom is already planning for further spectrum releases to support “5G” services, citing Real Wireless’ work on the capacity needed to support growth of 80x today’s demand by 2030.
Full details on the Ofcom website.