The 4G network is coming!
The government are ready to get busy with the mobile data revolution (or so we heard someone say on the bus earlier) and are figuring out how to sell the 4G wireless network spectrum.
Once it has been sold and is operational, it should mean faster downloading speeds for those of us who like to use our data-guzzling devices while on the move. The parts of the spectrum that will be sold are the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bandwiths (no, us neither) – the old analogue television bits, which are being switched off in 2012.
Obviously, we’re expecting to have to pay through the nose to get access to this magical super-fast 4G data once it becomes available to the consumer, and the mobile service providers might well smack us about the head with more data caps as they do with the current 3G system.
It’ll probably cost us because it’s definitely going to cost them – the 3G auction back in 2000 raised £22.5 billion for the Treasury, and they’ll be keen to get an even mightier sum when the bidding kicks off in early 2012.
Ofcom are putting a few caveats in place for winning bidders to adhere to – a licensee will have to agree to cover at least 95% of the UK population with their network and a certain proportion of rural areas will also have to be covered.
Are YOU planning to bid for part of the 4G network? Tell us your plans if you are.