Ofcom Increases 4G Coverage Requirements -- 98 Per Cent Should be Under High-Speed Umbrella

By Gary Cutlack on at

Ofcom has yielded to the request of MPs and issued new guidance on the forthcoming 4G spectrum auction, raising the next-gen mobile network's coverage target from 95 to 98 per cent of the population.

As well as aiming for a higher coverage rate, the latest guidance from the watchdog includes the possibility that one operator, in conjunction with the government's recently announced £150m funding pot, could use the 800MHz 4G spectrum to provide coverage greater than 98 percent -- helping 4G to get near matching the penetration of current 2G networks.

It's all a bit complicated, but at least we should finally have everything in place for a 4G network by the end of 2012, with Ofcom's wireless auction still on track for Q4. [Ofcom]

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