As of today, 2G radio frequencies will be available for provision of 3G services in the UK. 900MHz and 1800MHz licences, previously reserved for providers of voice and text services, were opened up to mobile broadband providers after Ofcom research showed a “surge in smartphone popularity”.
Ofcom predicts that the decision will lead to greater network capacity, higher mobile broadband speeds and improved coverage consistency, including better in-building and rural coverage.
Ofcom isn’t saying how much the operators are going to have to pay for all this newfound freedom. ...Ofcom reckons there’s no point calculating that until after next year’s mega-auction, as that will change everything.
For further details, see the Ofcom statement.