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Ofcom releases 4G Broadband auction rules

 |  July 25, 2012

After years of delays, UK telecom regulator Ofcom has come forward with a set of auction rules designed to protect even the smallest bidder in securing superfast 4G airwaves. Although the watchdog may still have to field legal objections from major network operators, the rules ensure that 3, the smallest of four British mobile network operators, will not be “squeezed out” of the auction. Bidders will be presented with a series of lots, each tying 800MHz of spectrum to an “obligation to provide mobile broadband for indoor reception to at least 98% of the UK population by the end of 2017.” Ofcom commented that this would be the largest auction ever of spectrum for UK mobile services – amounting to 75 percent of UK mobile spectrum presently in use.

Full content: The Telegraph


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