More U.K. Spectrum Will Be Auctioned Next Year To Push Towards 5G
October 26, 2015
U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom has published details for a forthcoming spectrum auction, early next year, that will see bidders shelling out for the equivalent of around three-quarters of the spectrum released in the last major U.K. spectrum sale (back in 2013).
The 2013 auction kicked off a mass rollout of 4G/LTE services in the U.K.. Ofcom is hoping this next swathe of spectrum releases — available as part of a program to free up Ministry of Defence owned airways for civilian use — will help support the development of 5G mobile services.
For that reason Ofcom says it’s not placing caps on the amount of spectrum bidders can buy to avoid blocking companies making bids for large blocks of adjacent spectrum which it says “have the potential to support very fast download speeds” and to support the development of the next-generation of mobile network tech, 5G.