By Adria Calatayud

 

U.K. communications regulator Ofcom said Friday that applications from BT Group PLC's EE, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.'s Three, Telefonica SA's O2 and Vodafone Group PLC have qualified to take part in an upcoming 5G spectrum auction.

The regulator said it is planning to release airwaves in the 700-megahertz and 3.6-3.8 gigahertz bands, which are likely to be used by telecommunications operators for services including 5G.

Bidding is expected to start by the end of January, Ofcom said.

Qualified applicants have until Wednesday to withdraw from the process, the regulator said.

 

Write to Adria Calatayud at adria.calatayud@dowjones.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 18, 2020 05:42 ET (10:42 GMT)

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