Ofcom tweaks LTE auction proposals

13 Jan 2012

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has revised its plans for the country’s forthcoming LTE spectrum auction. The new proposals include measures to ensure LTE is available to 98% of the population, as well as removing a system of spectrum caps and floors that Vodafone and O2 claimed would favour Everything Everywhere, the largest operator by subscribers, and Hutchison 3G, the smallest. Later this year the regulator is due to redistribute spectrum in the 800MHz band freed up by the shutting down of analogue television, as well as frequencies in the 2.6GHz band. Relevant parties have ten weeks to comment on the revised proposals. Ofcom will make a final decision in the summer on the terms and conditions of the auction, which is expected to commence during the fourth quarter.

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