Ofcom reveals 4G timetable
Ofcom has published a timetable for the 4G auctions, with a reserve price of £1.3bn being set on the total spectrum being flogged off.
Mobile operators need to apply to take part in the bidding process and put down a deposit by December 11th before being told if they are successful or not early next year. For the customer, that means new 4G services going on sale in early May.
Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief executive, said: "Today marks an important shift from preparation to the delivery of the auction, which will see widespread 4G mobile services from a range of providers. The entire industry is now focused on the auction itself, with a shared goal of delivering new and improved mobile services for consumers."
Only EE have 4G at the moment, with Ofcom saying that we'd "benefit significantly from gaining early access to 4G services", shooing competition complaints by noting that there's "no material risk that those benefits would be outweighed by a distortion of competition".