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MoD Spectrum Auction

Ofcom has announced the details of an upcoming auction of high-capacity spectrum owned by the Ministry of Defence.

The auction is said to take place at the beginning of 2016 and the spectrum will be made available in the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, which are particularly suitable for high-speed mobile phone services because they can carry more data.

Both bands are widely used around the world with 2.3GHz being used in Australia, China and India and the 3.4GHz bands being in use around the European Union, Canada and London, where UK broadband uses it to support its mobile broadband service.

Ofcom believes the demand for mobile data service was expected to rise considerably over the next few years which would mean more capacity is urgently needed alongside new technology.

Ofcom Spectrum group director, Philip Marnick, said: "Spectrum is the essential resource which fuels the UK's wireless economy.

This auction is an important step in ensuring the UK has the wireless capability to deliver and support new technology.

"We're responding to rapid change and innovation in the communications sector, which is placing greater demands on spectrum. Part of our plan to meet this demand is by making new spectrum available and allowing it to be used in a number of different ways."

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