4G for all – coming to a device near you!

Ofcom announced yesterday  (some would say at long last) that it was starting the process of auctioning off the licences for 4G – the fourth generation of mobile broadband.

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Their indicated timescales are:

  • 24 July 2012 – Consultation start date
  • 11 September 2012  – Consultation end date
  • End 2012 – Invitations to bid issued
  • Beginning 2013- Bidding starts
  • March 2013 – Licences awarded
  • Mid 2013 – Mobile operators start 4G roll-out
  • Later in 2013 – First consumer services available

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Ofcom’s detailed proposal  and related 86 page Consultation document can be viewed and responded to online.

In connection with the announcement Ofcom issued a rather useful media briefing (pdf) which outlines both the technology and the process.

Hopefully now that the starting pistol has been fired there won’t be any undue delays but we have some doubts. We will not be amongst the leading countries who have this technology!

In these challenging times improved communication achieved through speedier broadband infrastructures we regard as being of paramount importance.

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