Ofcom delays 4G auction

Plans to auction off radio spectrum for 4G mobile services have been delayed by UK watchdog Ofcom.

The auctions, which were due to be held in early 2012 after a consultation, will now take place at the end of 2012. Ofcom said the arguments in the responses to its consultation had persuaded it to delay the process.

It said in a statement, “We received a number of substantial and strongly argued responses to this consultation.” Ofcom added that, although a further round of consultation is needed, the delay might not affect when 4G services are launched, as the spectrum needed will not be available until 2013.

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