7 UK operators to battle for 4G auction next month

Ofcom continues to control 4G in the UK despite having outraged operators like Vodafone earlier this year when it approved LTE for Everything Everywhere ahead of anyone else.

4G rollout in the UK has been trailing considerably compared to the US, which has 67% of the total LTE connections worldwide.

Ofcom says the 4G auction will begin in January 2013. Seven operators will bid for access and these include 3 UK, EE, HKT UK, MLL Telecom Ltd., Niche Spectrum Ventures Limited, O2 and Vodafone.

The bands on offer will be 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. An additional 250 MHz of mobile spectrum will be offered by these bands, adding to the current 333 MHz now available.

As per Ed Richards, CEO, Ofcom, the auction will be competitive and it will shape the UK mobile phone market for the next decade and more. 4G will offer innovation, growth and investment with greater customer experience.

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