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UK: Ofcom to start 4G and 5G wireless auction next week

 |  March 13, 2018

The UK’s telecom regulator Ofcom has confirmed plans to start its 4G and 5G wireless spectrum auction next week. The auction, which will see Ofcom offer up 40Mhz of frequency in the 2.3GHz band (which will be immediately available for 4G services) and 150MHz in the 3.5GHz band (which will be used for 5G services), will begin on March 20, ISPreview reports.

The auction will run for “a number of weeks”, Ofcom has confirmed, after which it’ll be able to confirm which of the six bidding operators—BT-owned EE, O2, Three, Vodafone Hull-based ISP Connexin and Airspan Spectrum Holdings—have been successful.

This March 20 start date is earlier than expected, with Ofcom last month announcing that the auction would go ahead in April.

Full Content: ISPreview

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