Ofcom will launch its proposals for the 2012 spectrum auction in mid-March, the regulator has confirmed.
The proposals will comprise a competition assessment of the mobile market – which could include caps on how much spectrum operators are able to buy; and proposals for the design of the actual auction.
Sources told Mobile that the proposals would be launched on 14 March. Ofcom confirmed a mid-March date – delayed from a planned February launch – but would not elaborate further.
In February, Ofcom launched proposals to allow operators to trade radio spectrum for the first time. The move followed the Government Direction which came into force on 1 December.
Under the proposals, which cover spectrum at 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,100 MHz, operators will be able to make offers to other operators for spectrum.
Everything Everywhere is required to give up a proportion of its 1,800MHz spectrum under the conditions for the T-Mobile and Orange merger.