Monday 25 February 2013
The rollout of 4G mobile broadband services has moved a step closer in the UK, with Ofcom announcing the winners of its recent spectrum auction.
A total of seven telecoms firms were competing for spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6Ghz frequency bands, with BT, Vodafone, O2, Three and EE emerging successful from the process.
More than £2 billion has been generated for the Treasury through the auction process, which will give the five broadband providers the chance to launch super-fast mobile services.
To date, only EE has set up a 4G mobile network - using existing spectrum available in the 1,800MHz frequency band.
Launched in October 2012, this network allows users in a number of cities around the UK to take advantage of next-generation mobile communications.
The Ofcom auction spectrum clears the way for 4G services to be offered nationwide - which will help businesses looking to take advantage of anywhere working.
O2 will be required to offer super-fast mobile connectivity to 98 per cent of the UK population, meaning remote and mobile workers should be able to get a strong internet connection across most of the country.
This could potentially help boost productivity among those working on the move, helping small businesses to increase output.
Spectrum still needs to be allocated to the five auction winners, after which 4G services are set to become available in towns and cities across Britain.
Posted by Alex Boardman