UK residents can get an LTE signal from all four operators in only 40 percent of the country's landmass, Ofcom has said.
The European Union has agreed proposals to assign the 700MHz band to network operators and make it available for wireless broadband use by July 2020.
The sniping over Britain's bandwidths has continued with a consortium of telcos launching a campaign aimed at curbing BT's "dominance" through a spectrum cap.
Finnish mobile operators DNA, Elisa and Sonera have acquired 60MHz of spectrum, across six paired frequency blocks in the 700MHz band for a total of €66.33 million.
Ofcom will impose a 255MHz cap on “immediately useable” spectrum holdings as part of its auction of new capacity for 4G and 5G.
5G will fail if operators are not given access to affordable, harmonised spectrum and a generous government approach to support telco investment, the GSMA has claimed.
TV white spaces will be used to provide fixed wireless coverage in previously unconnected parts of Scotland and Wales.
UK operators have dismissed claims by MPs they are failing on their promises to expand infrastructure, as well as their proposals for "national roaming".
Huawei has released new spectrum refarming technology that allows operators to upgrade 2G holdings to 3G even when they have limited spectrum resources.
Challenger telcos, including Three and TalkTalk, are calling on Ofcom to impose a 30 percent cap on spectrum in the UK to help correct the "largest imbalance" in supply in the developed world.
Liberty Global and R&D company CableLabs have become the latest companies to join the MulteFire Alliance.
Spectrum allocation will be vital for the development of 5G, Qualcomm has warned, urging governments to ensure operators can buy chunks of more than 100MHz of contiguous frequency.
Jean-Claude Juncker's state of the union address offered that rarity from a public figure; a mea culpa, an acceptance the European Union had got it wrong, specifically on the rollout of LTE.
UK operator Three is calling for a spectrum cap to be enforced to protect competition across the country.
Telcos including Google, Nokia and Qualcomm have formed an alliance promoting the use of shared 3.5GHz spectrum in the United States.
Vodafone Spain has doubled its 3G UMTS throughput in the 900MHz spectrum with deployment of dual-band High Speed Downlink Packet Access (DB-HSDPA) technology from Huawei.
Outdoor 4G coverage was available to 97.8 percent of UK premises, as of May, according to Ofcom, with a high of 98.8 percent of premises in England and a low of 90.1 percent in Wales.
Europe is lagging behind other regions when it comes to making 700 MHz spectrum available for mobile, risking slower economic growth as a consequence, the GSMA has warned.
It's not often a technology company positions itself as the Switzerland of its sector, but Federated Wireless is doing just that as it strives to serve as the neutral heart of dynamic spectrum sharing.
Progress on harmonising the 700MHz band for mobile usage could help Europe catch up on other continents and avoid mistakes made with 800MHz, the GSMA has claimed.
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