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Mobile Broadband

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 24230, tabled on 26 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all areas of the UK benefit from the award of 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands.

Answered on

4 February 2016

The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands are being made available across the UK as part of the Government's programme of public sector spectrum release. Ofcom takes independent decisions on how to assign spectrum, including whether and how to auction it and the conditions of licences granted. The licence obligation on Telefonica together with the Government's 2014 agreement with mobile network operators means that by the end of 2017 95% of premises in Scotland will have indoor 4G coverage and complete not-spots for voice and SMS text will halve.

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