UK Government Announces Mobile Broadband Auction

The UK Coalition government has announced that it will auction off parts of the radio spectrum to help create next-generation mobile broadband services, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

The 'spectrum modernisation' auction is being held to improve internet broadband speed and mobile coverage in the UK.

“The past 20 years has seen a revolution in mobile technologies – but we need the networks to continue to improve and increase services. Under our plans, our mobile industry will have access to the 21st Century infrastructure it needs to give UK consumers the latest technologies and even better coverage for broadband on their mobile phones,” said Ed Vaizey, minister of Communications.

The government has instructed telecoms regulator Ofcom to co-ordinate a combined auction of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands “as soon as possible”.

Vaizey has said that the government wants the UK to be at the forefront of technology in the communications market by delivering high-quality services for internet connected devices, including smartphones and tablet computers.

The auction is set to take place in 2011.