Ofcom to complete 4G spectrum clearance this week

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The announcement means that from Wednesday (July 31) UK operators can launch 4G services on the 800MHz band

Ofcom is to complete the clearing of 4G spectrum on Wednesday (July 31), five months ahead of schedule.

The announcement means UK mobile operators will then be able to launch 4G services using the cleared frequencies, which lie in the 800MHz band.

Until now, the spectrum was being used for TV services such as Freeview.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards (pictured) said: “This week we are clearing the path for 4G mobile broadband, allowing mobile companies to provide coverage across the UK.

“4G services will reach 98 per cent of the UK population indoors – and even more when outdoors – which will provide a significant boost for rural businesses and consumers.”

 

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