Ofcom on Wednesday confirmed it will open up the 700 MHz frequency band to mobile operators for wireless broadband services.
Ofcom's first research into mobile broadband performance since its 4G auction in 2013 shows LTE delivers much higher speeds than 3G, but there are considerable differences in performance between operators and cities.
Ofcom acted immediately to manage expectations regarding a fresh sale of spectrum the UK regulator said could be used by mobile operators to augment 4G coverage, by noting bids will be judged based on the value the services will bring to consumers rather than out and out price.
Ofcom said the UK remains at the forefront of TV white space technology developments in Europe, as it revealed Google is the latest big-name company to join a series of trials of the unlicensed spectrum.
Ofcom, the telecoms and broadcasting regulator for the United Kingdom, has started the search for a new chief executive after Ed Richards said he planned to step down at the end of December this year.
EE faces a customer backlash after introducing a service that lets subscribers pay to skip to the front of the queue when calling customer service centres.
There were more than 6 million LTE subscriptions in the UK by the end of March 2014, according to latest estimates by UK regulator Ofcom.
Phone unlocking hit the headlines in recent days when President Obama signed a bill that would allow U.S. consumers to once again legally unlock their phones in order to be able to change their network operator and retain their device, as widely reported by U.S. media.
UK regulator Ofcom scaled back plans to increase fees for 2G and 3G spectrum use, a move that was previously described by analysts as a tax of £4.5 billion (€5.6 billion/$7.5 billion) on the UK mobile industry over 20 years.
UK regulator Ofcom has just tackled the issue of what is now deemed essential by consumers in a new report on the affordability of these essential communications services. Its findings showed a broad consensus on which services are seen as the most essential, which are voice services in general but mobile services in particular (voice and text) and access to the internet, particularly the fixed internet.