Talking a good broadband game, but saying nothing
The Department for Cuture, Media and Sport have commissioned a report by Analysys Mason that claims UK spectrum use is worth £52 billion a year. I read it so you don’t have to.
This seems to be a thinly disguised way to try and ramp up bids on the forthcoming auction for 4G spectrum and berate carriers for apparently stratospheric profit margins. However the introduction to the document with its estimates on the high cost of capital investment makes a very compelling case for a lower spectrum auction, especially given the future economic value the government could enjoy.
What is also apparent in the introduction is the role that wi-fi plays in providing a 4G type service all ready, This also highlights by implication the importance and limited success of the UK government (both Labour and coalition administrations) to get a super-fast broadband network built.