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Ofcom announce final 4G spectrum auction results

Ofcom have announced the outcome of the final stage of the 4G mobile spectrum auction (PDF) which details the frequency bands allocated to each winning provider. The final assignments have been completed and some paid extra money to their existing bids to specify a preference of the frequency bands they would be allocated. The full details are below:

Provider Frequency Bands Top-up Amount Total License fee
Niche Spectrum (BT) 2520 to 2535 MHz
2640 to 2655 MHz
£15,061,179 £201,537,179
Vodafone 801 to 811 MHz
842 to 852 MHz
2500 to 2520 MHz
2620 to 2640 MHz
2570 to 2595 MHz
£12,099,143 £802,860,143
Everything Everywhere 796 to 801 MHz
837 to 842 MHz
2535 to 2570 MHz
2655 to 2690 MHz
£0 £588,876,000
Hutchison 3G (Three) 791 to 796 MHz
832 to 837 MHz
£0 £225,000,000
Telefonica (O2) 811 to 821 MHz
852 to 862 MHz
£0 £550,000,000

As O2 bid for the spectrum with a coverage obligation, it was not involved in the assignment round. This results in Ofcom netting a total of £2,368,273,322 (£2.37bn) from the 4G spectrum auctions. Winning bidders have now been issued with licenses and are free to deploy 4G networks within the spectrum allocations, although there is likely to be a few months before we see services available from the newly eligible providers.


A link to related item on UK Free TV with dates of transmitter retuning where you can see these DVB-T frequencies being released (C60 and above):

Also an example for North West if you scroll down it suggests no plans to free up 700MHz until 2019:

  • prlzx
  • over 8 years ago

lol @ bidded.

  • Going_Digital
  • over 8 years ago

Ok, so here is what I do not get... BT DOES NOT HAVE A MOBILE NETWORK!!!! Why the F78K are they allowed to bid and take some of the spectrum? They keep doing stuff that makes absolutely no sense. They bought 3G lics for billions, and then gave them to O2... NOw they buy more mobile spectrum...

Please tell me what it is that I am missing, because I am at am loss here.

  • vicdupreez
  • over 8 years ago

BT likely bid to allow them to get into areas where laying fibre isn't a viable option.

  • Eljmayes
  • over 8 years ago

BT with its Niche is probably looking at BDUK coverage work and options to sell data monitoring services

4G spectrum will not do voice at the moment, until VoLTE (Voice over LTE) becomes widely available on handsets

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

That is likely what I was missing... Thanks.

  • vicdupreez
  • over 8 years ago

So if a Galaxy S3 LTE works on 800/1800/2600mhz on 4g, will it work with the frequencies bought by 3?

  • jtthedevil
  • over 8 years ago


iirc 800mhz refers toa band, not strictly 800Mhz, so yes I think.

  • otester
  • over 8 years ago

If BT has got hold of the 2.6GHZ with the low power options suitable for indoor usage, then spectrum could feature in future hubs,aiding convergence, or indeed small cells attached to poles or as you say a daisy chain of cells up a valley.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 7 years ago

I do feel that all this is a ridiculously wasteful and inefficient use of radio frequencies, which should be used for direct radio communication.

  • Kaufhof
  • over 7 years ago

@Kaufhof. What do you mean by direct radio communication? Go back to morse code perhaps?

  • Tanaka71
  • over 7 years ago

looks like O2 overpaid for theirs.

  • chrysalis
  • over 7 years ago

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