At least five applications have been made to Ofcom for 4G spectrum, though to be from BT as well as the UK’s largest four operators
BT is understood to have applied for 4G spectrum, joining EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three yesterday in giving Ofcom a £100,000 deposit.
The regulator held the first part of the auction process yesterday, accepting applications and deposits from those who want to bid for 4G spectrum in January. Ofcom is currently reviewing them, and is expected to publish a list of those found eligible to take part either before Christmas or in the new year.
EE, O2, Vodafone and Three have all applied for 4G licences. In the past, EE has shown particular interest in the lower 800MHz band, as it is cheaper to roll out.
The Financial Times says BT has shown interest in the higher, and less expensive frequency, which lies in the 2.6GHz band.
Other sources cited by the Telegraph have said private equity firms too have submitted applications to Ofcom. The firms include international telecoms players and could also be from industries such as retail or banking.