Telecoms expert: 'Vital 4G prices remain affordable'

The results of the 4G auction are a game changer for the mobile industry and consumers alike.

The combination of spectrum just sold off should bring faster speeds, greater consistency and improved coverage.

While George Osborne won't be too impressed with the amount raised by the auction, it has clearly been expensive for some providers. What is important is that this extra expense isn't passed onto customers - especially in the form of tariff price rises.

While some providers claim not to be imposing a premium for 4G, it's vital that prices remain affordable for those unwilling - or unable - to make the big switch."

– Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com

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4G auction misses target

Telecoms regulator Ofcom said its auction of 4G airwaves raised £2.3 billion, with the winning bidders named as O2 parent Telefonica, Hutchison 3G, Vodafone, EE and a subsidiary of BT. The Government had hoped to raise £3.5 billion.