Scotland’s most northerly regions will be the last in the UK to receive LTE technology.
Mobile users in northern Scotland will have to wait until around October of this year before receiving 4G services, telecoms regulator Ofcom has stated.
Mobile News has reported that those living in the UK’s most northerly regions will become the last in the UK to be able to access LTE technology, as the regulator clears spectrum required to run 4G services. The process is expected to be completed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by June.
Operators awarded spectrum in January’s 4G licensing auction have been told by Ofcom to provide the same indoor service to a minimum of 95 per cent of the population of each of the home nations.
Professor H Nwana, Ofcom’s director of spectrum policy, provided the update on spectrum clearance at an event in Westminster called ‘Finally 4G’, whereby it was stated that the mobile industry will have to ensure there is enough spectrum to meet demand in the future.
Nwana commented: “Regulatory action should not forever make more spectrum available for mobile – the market must strike the right balance.
“In terms of where more efficient use can meet demand, where the market can reallocate spectrum, we will spend more time on these issues after the auction.”