Ofcom announced today that it will host an auction of 4G LTE spectrum 'by the end of 2012'. Bids should be collected by early 2013. Regulator plan to collect about GBP40 billion.
Operators will start rollouts at the middle of 2013, active services for the customers is expected to be available by the end of 2013.
Spectrum would be available for the three biggest operators and it would be spectrum reserve for a fourth national wholesaler as well. \knowyourmobile.com