The first cap ensures that EE, which holds the most spectrum as of now, will not be eligible to take part in the bidding for spectrum in the 2.3GHz band. The second cap is an overall limit on how much spectrum can be held by a single company after the auction. Through a series of rounds, the companies will bid for lots of spectrum.
Ofcom revealed that the auction will have two stages with the principal stage to determine how much spectrum will be secured by each company. The assignment stage after this will determine where airwaves secured by each bidder are located within the radio spectrum.
The telecoms regulator expects the spectrum auctions to take place over a number of weeks. Furthermore, the length of the auction and also its total value will be based on the range of demand shown by the bidders.
Ensuring the efficient use of the spectrum is Ofcom’s responsibility and priority, rather than maximising the financial value of the auction the regulator said.
“Our job is to release these airwaves quickly and efficiently, and we want to see them in use as soon as possible. We are glad the auction is now underway,” Ofcom spectrum group director Philip Marnick said. “This spectrum will help improve people’s experience of using mobile broadband today, and also help companies prepare for future 5G services.”
While the 2.3GHz band can be used by mobile networks as and when it is released for boosting mobile broadband capacity of mobile users. The 3.4GHz band on the other hand cannot be used by today’s mobile devices, but has been earmarked for 5G services in the future, said Ofcom.
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