There you have it the future is now in safe hands


Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has just announced the winners of the UK spectrum auctions for 4G spectrum on the low-frequency 800MHz band, used for LTE and other mobile broadband services. The list is an attempt at playing fair: it includes fixed line incumbent BT; major mobile carriers Vodafone, Telefonica/O2, and EE; as well as smaller mobile upstart Three.

Meanwhile, two applicatants, MLL Telecom and HKT (UK) Company Limited (PCCW and Hong Kong Telecom in Hong Kong), were unsuccessful in their bids, Ofcom said.

In all, some £2.3 billion ($3.6 billion) was bid by the winning carriers, and the first services will come in 6 months. That means it fell short of the £3.5 billion that the UK government thought it might raise, and an even bigger drop down from the £22.5 billion raised by 3G auctions a decade ago.

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