To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest timetable for the auction of the 4G spectrum; and whether that auction will specify that mobile telephony operators should guarantee a full rural coverage as part of their bid contract.
Ofcom remains on schedule for the 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.
Coverage obligations were included in the recent Ofcom consultation which closed on
Ofcom is currently considering the responses received and is expected to make a statement in the summer.