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Ofcom launches high data capacity spectrum auction consultation

21/11/2014
Ofcom published a consultation on the release of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands on 7 November 2014. Potential bidders will be able to submit their comments until 23 January 2015. The Ofcom published a consultation on the release of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands on 7 November 2014. Potential bidders will be able to submit their comments until 23 January 2015. The auction is expected at the end of 2015 or the start of 2016.

No specific uses have been prescribed for this spectrum. However, these spectrum bands are suitable for very high data capacity, making it ideal for mobile broadband services. The most recent mobile handsets released by the major players are compatible with the 2.3 GHz spectrum in other countries. The 2.3 GHz band is used for 4G mobile broadband networks in ten non-European countries. The 3.4 GHz band is already used for 4G wireless broadband in the UK and a further five countries.

Ofcom proposes to auction 40 MHz of spectrum within the 2.3 GHz band and 150 MHz of spectrum within the 3.4 GHz band in 38 lots of 5 MHz. Reserve prices of between £2.5m to £5m per lot for the 2.3 GHz spectrum, and £1m for the 3.4 GHz spectrum are proposed.

This spectrum has been released by the Ministry of Defence under the Government's initiative to free up public sector spectrum.

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