Ofcom Planning 4G Spectrum Auction, Receives 40-50 Reponses

UK telecom regulator Ofcom has received 40 to 50 responses for consultation on its plans for the impending auction of 4G network.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Dow Jones reports that Ofcom plans to publish the responses on its website next week after the consultation closes on Tuesday.

The regulator received suggestions from leading UK mobile phone companies including Vodafone, O2, 3 UK and Everything Everywhere. Suggestions were also made by independent consumer organisations and individuals.

Ofcom plans to auction off the 4G network under tight supervision to ensure that every company gets a far share of the spectrum so that market competition is maintained. The regulator plans to put limits on the minimum and maximum amount of spectrum companies can buy from it.

Ofcom had said earlier said that the 4G spectrum was about the same size as three quarters of the entire mobile spectrum in the market currently and that there is 80 percent more 4G spectrum than what was there at the time of the 3G auction.

The regulator expects to raise billions of pounds from the auction to help the UK government. MPs have urged Ofcom to make it increase the limit of spectrum that companies can purchase so that they use it bring mobile broadband to rural areas.