Mobile broadband spectrum auction to take place in 2011

Thursday, July 29th 2010
The government has confirmed that a mobile broadband spectrum auction will be held next year.
Mobile broadband spectrum auction to take place in 2011
Mobile broadband providers in the UK will have their chance to bid for new areas of radio spectrum in order to improve their existing services.

At present, all of the country's major networks - O2, Orange, 3 Mobile, Vodafone, Virgin Media and T-Mobile - offer mobile broadband packages.

The coalition government has announced that the first round of spectrum auctions will take place towards the end of 2011, with communications minister Ed Vaizey stating that the proposals should improve reception across the country.

He remarked: "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."

In a study conducted by YouGov earlier this month, 3 Mobile was named as the country's best mobile broadband provider, coming out on top in ten of the 12 categories.

These included fastest connection speed, quality of service, ease of use and reliability.

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