Hello to Ofcom's 4G mobile auction plans
Telecoms regulator Ofcom have unveiled their plans for the auction of 4G bandwidth for mobile phone services. This is as exciting as the FA Cup third round draw isn't it?
This auction will be flogging cloudy chunks of radio spectrum to support the service and we'll all get to download things much faster on our mobile phones.
The sales process will start later in the year, but bidding won't kick off 'til 2013 for some reason. What it means for you is that 4G won't be available to you until late 2013.
And now, Ofcom want to see a new market entrant so that consumers will benefit from better services and lower prices.
"In the interests of competition, Ofcom has decided to reserve a minimum amount of spectrum in the auction for a fourth operator. This could be either Hutchinson 3G or a new entrant altogether," Ofcom said.
This new operator will be going head-to-head with Everything Everywhere (the Orange and T-Mobile tagteam), Vodafone and O2 (owned by Telefonica).