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Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 216671, tabled on 1 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of spectrum caps in the 2012 4G auction.

Answered on

4 December 2014

The spectrum caps in the 2012 4G auction ensured that no mobile spectrum licensee secured spectrum holdings that would give them a decisive competitive advantage over the other operators. In its report on the auction, the NAO concluded that Ofcom achieved its objective to maintain a competitive market. [p.6, 4G radio spectrum auction: lessons learned, 6 March 2014]