Due to COVID-19, Ofcom has postponed plans to hold 5G spectrum auctions.

The agency said in a statement that the main phase of the 700MHz and 3.6G-3.8GHz spectrum auctions originally scheduled for this month has now been postponed to March.

Ofcom added that it will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19.

A BT spokesperson told Mobile World Live that although the operator was “disappointed” but understood the move: “The auction and subsequent release of spectrum is still the top priority for the future deployment of mobile networks and 5G. From the epidemic The economic recovery of China depends on a resilient digital infrastructure, and we urge Ofcom to resist any further delay requests.”

Regulators have previously stated that the auction will result in an 18% increase in mobile capacity in the UK, aiming to promote 5G network deployment and improve mobile broadband.