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Radio Frequencies

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that opportunities for market entry are maximised under the proposed combined auction by Ofcom of spectrum for wireless broadband usage. (321050)

The release of spectrum into the market by auction is handled by Ofcom, including auction design. However, the Direction to implement the Spectrum Modernisation Programme which we have recently consulted upon, requires Ofcom to implement temporary spectrum caps which are to limit the ability of operators to gain excessive amounts of spectrum below 1 GHz and below 3 GHz. These will help ensure a competitive and fair auction, giving opportunity for new entrants, should they wish to bid.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons he is providing direction to Ofcom to implement wireless radio spectrum modernisation. (321052)

To implement our spectrum modernisation programme as set out in the Digital Britain Report. Our objective is to enable the deployment of next generation mobile broadband services, which will deliver substantial benefits to business and consumers.