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Mobile Phones: Competition

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 216562, tabled on 1 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to direct Ofcom to conduct a pre-auction review of mobile sector competition before the sale of the 1400MHz and 700 MHz spectrum bands.

Answered on

4 December 2014

Ofcom, in performing its statutory duties in relation to award of rights to use spectrum, conducts impact assessments of each award. This includes assessing how an award would further the interests of consumers in relevant markets, where appropriate by promoting competition. It is for Ofcom in the first instance to consider whether a pre-auction review of competition is necessary or justified. Ofcom, properly, consults on how they propose to design spectrum awards and on their impact assessments.