By Daniel Hunter

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have confirmed that they will auction part of their radio spectrum in order to help increase the capacity for 4G mobile services.

The 15GHz spectrum, considered to be the most useful, will be auctioned to support the introduction of fourth-generation (4G) mobile services to people in cities, towns and villages across the UK.

It is seen as the most useful type because it can be used for a wide range of communications. Mobile phone and broadband suppliers are seeking access to more spectrum.

Alternatively, the spectrum could be used by fixed-line operators to provide wireless access to broadband services.

"We welcome this opportunity to free up much-needed spectrum," the minister for defence equipment, support and technology, Philip Dunne, said.

"We hope that the sale will help drive the roll-out of new generation networks and universal access to broadband, both of which are vital to the UK's prosperity."

The auction is planned to be completed by the summer of 2014.

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