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UK: Ofcom to launch 5G airwaves auction after Three’s court challenge fails

 |  February 13, 2018

British telecom regulator Ofcom is setting in motion the sale of 5G networks after mobile operator Three failed in a last-ditch attempt to overhaul the auction.

Three’s efforts to drive down a 37% cap on the amount of mobile spectrum any operator could own was rejected at the Court of Appeal. The decision hands the communications regulator a free run at launching the radio spectrum sale in April.

Ofcom said, “The Court of Appeal has very firmly rejected Three’s application for permission to appeal on all grounds. We welcome this decision, and will now press ahead with releasing these important airwaves.

“This new capacity will allow mobile companies to offer more reliable reception, and to prepare for future 5G services.” Ofcom revealed the rules for the mobile spectrum auction in July as it looked to meet the insatiable demand for data from UK smartphone users.

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