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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects Ofcom to publish the rules which will govern the auction of 4G licences.

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 are currently considering the responses received as a result of their recent consultation which closed on 22 March and are expected to make a statement, setting out the auction rules, in the summer.

Ofcom remain on schedule for the UK auction process to start by the end of 2012. This is compatible with the spectrum becoming available to allow successful bidders to start rolling out 4G services in these bands in 2013.

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