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Written by Administrator Account at 1:41 PM on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Ofcom, the telecom regulator in the UK, has announced details of the mobile spectrum auction said to happen next year. The auction with feature high capacity spectrum totaling 190 MHz with hopes of bagging a minimum of £70 million in revenues. This includes 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band and 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band.
The spectrum formerly used by the Ministry of Defense is said to be sold off with no coverage obligation. The regulator believes that selling of such large amount of spectrum could make extremely fast download speeds possible. The main usage of these released frequencies is for mobile broadband and are mostly suited for 5G where transmission of large amount of data takes place.
"We’re responding to rapid change and innovation in the communications sector, which is placing greater demands on spectrum. Part of our plan to meet this demand is by making new spectrum available and allowing it to be used in a number of different ways,” said Philip Marnick (Spectrum Group Director, Ofcom).
He added, “Spectrum is the essential resource which fuels the UK’s wireless economy. This auction is an important step in ensuring that the UK has the wireless capability to deliver and support new technology."
The regulator has invited networks to submit applications from early December before the auction takes place early next year.
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