UK to auction off more radio spectrum to boost 4G capacity and raise at least $79 million

Gigaom

British mobile carriers and their customers should get more capacity in the coming years – the country’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has launched a consultation (PDF) on the auction of valuable radio spectrum that’s already being used for mobile broadband in countries such as India, China and Australia.

All going well, the spectrum will go up for auction in late 2015 or earlier 2016. It includes 40MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz (2350-2390MHz) band, and a chunky 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.4GHz (3410-3480MHz and 3500-3580MHz) band – just the sort of high-capacity spectral territory you’d want to exploit in dense, urban deployments, or to use for backhaul.

According to a statement by Ofcom spectrum group director Philip Marnick:

Today marks an important step in ensuring that the U.K. has sufficient spectrum to support our wireless economy. It comes in response to the fast pace of change and innovation taking place…

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