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Increasing access to 5G in the UK: Ofcom spectrum auction update

Ofcom has published the final regulations, application form and guidance for those looking to take part in its forthcoming spectrum auction.

In a significant step forwards, which will improve mobile services in the UK and give more people across the country access to 5G networks, Ofcom will release 200 MHz of spectrum in two frequency bands:

• 80 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band
• 120 MHz of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band

In May 2020, Ofcom outlined the auction would work. The announcement today formalises the regulations that are necessary for the auction to take place. There is supporting documents for prospective bidders, which can be accessed here. These include updated guidance on the auction process, an updated information memorandum and the application form all parties wishing to take part will need to submit to Ofcom. techUK

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