Ofcom have just announced the winners for the 4G auction that took place recently in the UK, as expected Vodafone went home with the most of the spectrum, paying £790 million for the biggest section of the 2.6GHz coverage, which will likely mean they will have the best signal in urban areas.
Other winners of the auction included EE, Hutchison 3G (Three), the BT Group and Telefonica (O2).
And just in case you’re wondering, BT will not be creating its own mobile network, as Ian Livingston, the Chief Executive of BT confirmed in his statement:
“We are pleased to have secured this spectrum. We have said that we do not intend to build a national mobile network. Instead, this spectrum will complement our existing strategy of delivering a range of services using fixed and wireless broadband.”
“We want our customers to enjoy the best possible connections wherever they are and this spectrum, together with our investment in fibre broadband, will help us achieve that.”
Despite all of this the government has fell a little short from what they expected of incomes for this, raising just £2.34 billion of the £3.5 billion expectations.
OfCom has however confirmed that they expect the entire UK population to be able to receive 4G services nearby, by 2017 at the latest, for which O2 has been told to provide a mobile broadband service for indoor reception for at least 98% of the UK population by the end of 2017, and 99% for indoor coverage.