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Ofcom announces participants in 4G bid – O2, Vodafone, EE, and Three included

Watchdog Ofcom has recently announced the participants in the 4G spectrum band bidding. This means that you’ll soon get to use devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 with other 4G networks next year.

Ofcom says, “Ofcom has today announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction – the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK.

“The following organisations have qualified to bid in the auction, which will start in January 2013:

Everything Everywhere Limited (UK)

HKT (UK) Company Limited (a subsidiary of PCCW Limited)

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

MLL Telecom Ltd

Niche Spectrum Ventures Limited (a subsidiary of BT Group plc)

Telefónica UK Limited

Vodafone Limited

“Bidders will be competing to acquire new capacity to roll out superfast 4G mobile broadband services to cities, towns and villages across the UK.”

Telefónica UK Limited, which owns O2, will be joining the auction. Three is Hutchinson 3G UK Limited.

You may have noticed that EE is also joining the bid, which you may find strange since they were the first to dish out LTE data. It seems they are planning to improve their 4G coverage by adding another spectrum to their network.

Ofcom is expecting to raise £3.5 billion from the auction for the economy.

Networks will be bidding for the 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrums. Network operators who have been awarded the spectrum can start offering 4G services by the summer of 2013.

Wondering which network aside from EE will be offering 4G services? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.