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4G mobile auctions "within a year" - maybe

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By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 13 Jul 2010 at 14:59

An auction for the radio spectrum that should enable 4G mobile broadband could take place within a year, according to Government officials.

The spectrum up for auction is in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands, which are both well suited to next generation services such as 3G Long Term Evolution (LTE) that promise mobile broadband speeds approaching 100Mbits/sec.

Last week in a parliamentary response, Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Ed Vaizey said "getting the issue sorted is an absolute priority for us, and we hope to make an announcement before the summer recess".

Parliament breaks for its summer holidays on 29 July.

According to BIS, if politicians press the “go” button before the summer recess, regulator Ofcom and industry figures can start working on the complicated process of ensuring that the auction leaves enough room for competition in the market, and that all operators are treated fairly.

“There'll be a few regulatory issues to work out at Ofcom before the auction could take place, and we'd expect that to take about nine months to a year,” a BIS spokesperson told PC Pro. “So the auction could start in about a year.”

The regulatory problems that need to be sorted out before any auction begin include negotiations with operators over whether they could use their old 2G spectrum in the 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands to deliver 3G services under a system called refarming. 3G services are currently only allowed to operate in the 2.1GHz range.

However, the time frame promised by Westminster could be over optimistic, experts say.

According to a sources at Ofcom, the regulator had wanted to get the auction under way in the first half of 2011, but says delays caused by the process being "parked" following the election mean late 2011 is a more realistic target.

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User comments

Frequency

"The spectrum up for auction is in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands..."

As long as whichever frequencies that are chosen do not interfere with microphonoes and speakers......

By clkenton on 14 Jul 2010

Frequency

"The spectrum up for auction is in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands..."

As long as whichever frequencies that are chosen do not interfere with microphonoes and speakers......

By clkenton on 14 Jul 2010

chris

just returned from Oz and even in the outback you can get reasonable 3G, MOST PLACES IN THE UK DO NOT GET IT. Yet they are talking about 4G, also why ca'nt the Mobile companies agree on roaming, Ofcom needs to get its act together and crack the whip

By cmccletchie on 8 Sep 2011

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