Ofcom has announced the winners of the 4G spectrum in the UK, there are 5 companies which purchased the mobile spectrum for a total of £2.35 billion, and include EE, O2, Vodafone, Three and British Telecom.
A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.
The lower-frequency 800 MHz band is part of the ‘digital dividend’ freed up when analogue terrestrial TV was switched off, and is ideal for widespread mobile coverage. The higher-frequency 2.6 GHz band is ideal for delivering the capacity needed for faster speeds. The availability of the two will allow 4G networks to achieve widespread coverage as well as offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres.
We can expect the various companies to roll out their 4G LTE services by the summer, at the moment the only company offering 4G LTE is EE, and we should see some competitive offers for consumers now that there is some competition.
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