Tomorrow morning (July 24), Ofcom will announce the timing, details and rules of the UK 4G Spectrum Auction.
It is expected that Ofcom will set the date of the auction for some time towards the end of this year. The auction will allow the operators to bid for 800MHz spectrum (which became available as a result of the digital TV switch over) and 2,100MHz spectrum. The spectrum up for grabs will allow the operators to deliver significantly faster data speeds to mobiles and 4G Dongles.
However, there could be yet further delays to the auction. The operators will be able to examine the details of the auction procedures and structure details. If they are unhappy with how this has been set and consider the rules to be unfair, they could launch legal action against Ofcom. Yes, this could lead to yet further delays.
Ofcom are still considering Everything Everywhere’s proposal to launch a 4G service to the UK ahead of the spectrum auction. Everything Everywhere (EE) proposed to use their existing spectrum to launch a 4G service. A proposal that was strongly opposed by Vodafone and O2 stating an unfair advantage for EE as the reason for their opposition. We anxiously await the outcome of EE’s proposal. 4gdongles.co.uk are proud to be supporters of EE’s campaign for 4G services in the UK.