CWU wants LTE auction cash to fund UK broadband


Union says any money earned from the sale of spectrum must be ploughed back into internet infrastructure across the country

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has added its voice to Ofcom’s plans to roll out LTE , calling on the UK Government to use any money raised from a spectrum auction to be used on a LTE rollout.

The CWU said it expected over £4 billion to be raised from the auction of 1800MHz and 2.6GHz frequencies, which, if Ofcom’s proposals go ahead should happen next year.

The union said the money gained from the auction would be go a long way to improving internet access across the country.

It said as things stand only £830 million had been committed to internet infrastructure by the government until 2017.

CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr said: “We welcome the Ofcom sale of 4G spectrum but urge the government to seize this opportunity to use the funds as a welcome windfall to inject much-needed cash into superfast broadband infrastructure across the UK.

“Early investment in universal broadband will pay dividends many times over so we urge swift action to put the UK at the head of the superfast broadband revolution.”