UK’s plans additional 5G spectrum auction in January 2021
UK’s regulator Ofcom announced plans to hold a additional 5G spectrum auction in January 2021.
Ofcom stated that the auction would cover the sale of 80 megahertz in the 700 MHz band and 120 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band.
Ofcom confirmed that it will be releasing 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band, following a four-year program to clear the band of its existing uses for DVB-T TV and wireless microphones.
Ofcom will be also releasing 120 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band.
Within the spectrum auction, Ofcom will offer six lots of 2×5 megahertz in the 700 MHz band with a reserved price of £100 million (€ 110 million) per lot. The process will also include four lots of 5 megahertz of 700 MHz downlink-only spectrum, with a reserve price of £1 million per lot and 24 lots of 5 megahertz of 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum, with a reserve price of £20 million per lot.
In order to facilitate the new frequencies, base stations need to be upgraded and redesigned and SEVOCOMM is ready to facilitate its services to make this possible.