Ministry of Defence reveals plan to sell off part of its spectrum
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced plans to auction some of its radio spectrum in the first direct sale of its kind by a government department.
The sale will give private operators the chance to buy more spectrum to support the introduction of fourth-generation mobile services to people in cities, towns and villages across the UK.
Alternatively the spectrum could be used by fixed-line operators to provide wireless access to broadband services.
Philip Dunne, a defence minister, said: “We welcome this opportunity to free up much-needed spectrum. We hope that the sale will help drive the roll-out of new generation networks and universal access to broadband, both of which are vital to the UK’s prosperity.”
The sale follows the announcement made in the Government’s 2010 Spending Review that at least 500MHz of public spectrum below 5GHz will be released by 2020 for new mobile communications uses. The spectrum to be sold off is being cleared of military users to contribute towards this target.
Preparations are expected to start at the end of 2013, with the auction completed by the summer of 2014. Ahead of this, the MOD intends to produce an Industry Brochure in early spring 2013 and to host an Industry Day in early summer 2013.