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4G Spectrum

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when Ofcom expects to determine the application it has received for re-use of existing 2G spectrum for 4G services; and what timetable the European Commission has set for such decisions.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

This is a matter for Ofcom, the independent regulator. Ofcom's consultation closed on 8 May 2012 and the responses raised a number of detailed issues that Ofcom is considering. Ofcom is working to reach a decision on these matters as soon as it reasonably can. The EU Radio Spectrum Policy Programme decision requires member states to carry out the authorisation process (for, among others, liberalisation of the 1,800 MHz spectrum) by 31 December 2012 without prejudice to the existing deployment of services, and under conditions that allow consumers easy access to wireless broadband services. However, this does not mean that the authorisation process must result in the 1,800 MHz spectrum being made available for 4G use by the end of 2012.

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