Telecoms regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for the auction of 4G (fourth generation) bandwidth for mobile phone services.
Although the sales process will start later this year, bidding will not begin until early 2013. Ofcom says it expects consumers to have access to the faster mobile connection in late 2013 - in line with its predicted schedule.
The auction will sell areas of radio spectrum that support future 4G mobile services, which will allow users to download data such as music and videos at significantly faster speeds than current 3G connections allow.
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