The rules for the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz bands have been finalized by the UK telecom regulator Ofcom. The spectrum aims to boost the rollout of 5G technology across the country.
About 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band would be released by The Office of Communications (Ofcom). Good quality mobile coverage will be fostered by these airwaves. Additionally, 120 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band would be released by the regulator which would enhance the quality and capacity of mobile data services. Together, these bands will contribute to an 18 percent increase in the total amount of available airwaves in the UK. The first stage of the auction will involve operators placing offers for airwaves separately to determine the amount of spectrum they get. The second stage called the assignment phase is the final stage of the auction. This involves deciding the specific frequencies which will be allocated through a round of bidding. The overall spectrum available to any one company would be capped at 37 percent which would help maintain strong competition in the market.
Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, Philip Marnick, has pointed out that mobile customers now use nearly 40 percent more data year on year considering the rise of people going online while on the move.