Ofcom has announced the winners of the 4G mobile spectrum auction.

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Ofcom has announced the winners of its 4G mobile spectrum auction.

EE, Hutchison 3G UK, Vodafone, Telefónica and Niche Spectrum Ventures, a subsidiary of BT, were all awarded spectrum after an exhaustive bidding process of more than 50 rounds.

The auction paves the way for the provision of superfast mobile broadband services to consumers and businesses across the UK, and has been clearly directed to ensure maximum coverage around the country.

Telefónica’s contract includes the obligation to ensure that at least 98 per cent of the UK population, including at least 95 per cent in England Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will have 4G coverage indoors by the end of 2017.

With consumer services expected to be available in the spring, both the rolling out of the service and the increased capabilities it will offer businesses are likely to present opportunities for contractors across a range of industries not limited to telecommunications. Scope for development is also likely to widen, since Ofcom predicts that demand for mobile data could be 80-times greater by 2030.

By Victoria McDonnell

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