BT to bid in mobile spectrum auction?


BT could bid for mobile spectrum when the Government-organised auction is held, chief executive (CEO) Ian Livingston has admitted.

However, Livingston told the Dow Jones Newswires taking part in the auction is not one of the communications giant's current priorities.

"We'll have a look, but again it's not high on the agenda," the chief executive added.

BT currently has access to mobile networks through its mobile virtual network operation with Vodafone.

This further puts into doubt whether BT would want to become a fully fledged mobile operator in what is already a saturated market.

BT is also busy with its fibre roll out, which now covers more than 1.5 million properties. On average it covers around 100,000 extra premises a week.

The company did not give any more details to IT PRO on possible auction bids.

The Government called the mobile spectrum auction towards the end of last month, with bidding expected to start in the latter stages of 2011.

The auction is expected to allow for the delivery of advanced mobile services, such as much-desired 4G capabilities, whilst also supporting the sector economically.

Ofcom has been tasked with organising the process and will undertake a competitive assessment of future 3G and 4G markets to inform the auction's design.

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