It seems that Ofcom have learnt their lesson from how long 4G took to implement in the UK, with a recent report they have already announced that they are working towards future mobile technology, presumably 5G.
Within the report Ofcom also mentioned that citizens within the UK have more than doubled their consumption of mobile data, using the equivalent of downloading 5 billion music tracks, or 20 million Gigabytes to be precise.
The regulator will in order to tackle this, release extra airwaves to take the strain of the almost guaranteed future consumption.
In order to do this it will draw on the 700MHz frequency band currently used for digital terrestrial television, and do so without the need for another digital TV switchover.
These plans are expected to kick of around 2018, when a launch of the international spectrum has been agreed harmonising the spectrum across Europe and the rest of the world.
However DTT viewers may need to retune their Freeview and digital TV tuners or even replace aerials during the implementation of the new spectrum.
Ed Richards, Ofcom’s chief executive said the following about the plans:
“Within the coming months we will hold the UK’s largest-ever auction of mobile spectrum for 4G. However, that may not be enough to meet consumers’ future data demands, which is why we are already making significant efforts to prepare to go beyond 4G.”
“Our plans are designed to avoid a ‘capacity crunch’, ensuring that the UK’s mobile infrastructure can continue to support the inescapable growth in consumer demand and economic growth more generally.”