Sharon White at OFCOM is leading Europe to spectrum sharing, setting aside 3.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz, enough to make an enormous difference in carrier capacity. For monopoly spectrum, she is proposing buildout requirements to 90% of the land mass (not population), more rural towers (500), a limit on the maximum spectrum one company can own (37%), and using spectrum auctions to make these happen. The result will be better broadband at a (relatively) modest cost.
She's launched a consultation on 700 MHz & 3.6-3.8 spectrum auctions, including the buildout and tower-building requirements. The goal is an auction in the spring. Mark Jackson reports
The 700MHz Coverage Obligation
The binding coverage rules mean that up to two winning bidders would each have to, within 4 years of the award:
1. Extend good, outdoor data coverage to at least 90% of the UK’s entire land area within four years of the award.