Licences to use the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum for 4G mobile broadband services were issued on 1st March 2013 following auction that started on 23 January 2013 and ran for .
The auction has achieved Ofcom's purpose of promoting strong competition in the 4G mobile market. This is expected to lead to faster mobile broadband speeds, lower prices, greater innovation, new investment and better coverage. Almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end of 2017 at the latest.
A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands - 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.
The final auction results including the outcome of the assignment stage are available here and the sections below contain all supporting data.