4G auction will not involve Sky

30/07/2012

4G Auction Will Not Involve Sky

Broadcaster and broadband provider Sky has said it will not be involved in the bidding as a possible fourth candidate to run the new 4G network.

However, Computing magazine has said BT has indicated that it would bid for the spectrum on offer by telecommunications regulator Ofcom, with the body seeking a fourth potential operator other than O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere.

Sky told the magazine: "While we continue to extend our leadership in mobile content, we currently have no plans to offer mobile access beyond our existing public Wi-Fi network."

Three network is currently regarded as the favourite to win the bidding process, which will enable users to enjoy new mobile internet services.

However, the process has been the subject of controversy, with Everything Everywhere urging Ofcom to reveal the outcome of a consultation process on whether it can use its already established 1800MHz spectrum for 4G services.

While Three hopes to win the 4G contract, the firm has revealed its users have more than doubled their data use from 450 megabytes per month last summer to 1.1 gigabytes now.

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