The UK is set to benefit from a new generation of wireless services and improved mobile broadband coverage under new government plans to revolutionise the countryís digital infrastructure. The programme of measures for radio spectrum modernisation will allow mobile operators to deliver the latest technologies to consumers and extend the reach of mobile broadband across the country.

The spectrum modernisation programme will be implemented under a Direction to regulator OFCOM. The new Direction requires OFCOM to co-ordinate a combined auction of 2.6 GHz and 800 MHz spectrum as soon as possible in order that operators can deliver widespread high speed mobile broadband. It also tasks OFCOM with carrying out a competitive assessment of future 3G and 4G markets, including the potential for new entrants. Their assessment will inform the design of the auction, aimed at enabling delivery of new competitive mobile broadband services for UK consumer and business benefit.

Announcing the initiative the UK Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey, commented, "The past 20 years has seen a revolution in mobile technologies and devices that have transformed the way we communicate, learn and do business. We want the UK market to remain at the fore of delivering devices like the iPad and smart phones but they need the networks to continue to improve and increase services."

He continued, "Under our plans, our mobile industry will have access to the 21st Century infrastructure it needs to give UK consumers the latest technologies and even better coverage for broadband on their mobile phones."