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Although the 5G network is still some years away from commercial availability, the Spectrum auction is just around the corner as Ofcom auction off additional spectrum ideal for the next generation of mobile networks.

5G networkBefore the 5G network becomes a little overwhelming, here is a guide to everything you need to know about the 5G network from the world’s leading mobile phone mast company, APWireless:

What is the spectrum auction?

Ofcom is planning to auction part of the high capacity spectrum in the 3.4 MHz band. This band is perfect for the 5G network as it can carry large amounts of data, however the spectrum being auctioned isn’t compatible with most current devices.

The first auction is rumoured to take place in October this year and Ofcom have published their rules for the auction which need to be abided by. These rules include:

  • No operator will be able to hold more than 255 MHz of immediately usable spectrum.
  • No operator will be able to hold more than 340 MHz of the total amount of spectrum following the auction.

By opposing these caps, Ofcom can monitor competition concerns whilst allowing all mobile network operators to develop 5G services.

Government committed to 5G services

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Autumn Statement committed to invest of more than £1bn over the next four years for the roll-out of the 5G and other fibre networks.

The statement outlined that this investment would be used and delivered across a range of different structure such as:

  • Introducing a new £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund expected to be matched before 2020 by private investment. This should be used to invest in new fibre networks such as fibre optic broadband.
  • There will also be a new 100% business rates relief for new fill-fibre infrastructure for a five years.
  • An increased funding to local areas to support investment in fibre networks which can help with boosting education. This is intended to meet business and public sector demands.
  • Funding for 5G trials will also be introduced as networks are given backing for expanding into a 5G network.

What can you expect from the 5G networks?

As these investments are forecasted to go ahead, many will be asking what exactly the benefits are of the 5G network?

By the end of 2016, over half the models of smartphones that accepted 4G were enabled to use maximum download speeds. With the new 5G network just over the horizon, it is expected that these 5G networks will be using even faster download speeds.

The 5G network must also have the capacity to carry more data at higher speeds which will give you the consumer greater coverage.

The government have outlined their plans to be the world leaders in 5G networks unlike their 54th place ranking in mobile phone signal in the world.

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