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Ofcom is already investigating the possibility of launching 5G mobile broadband services in the UK.

Just weeks after the completion of the long-delayed 4G auction, the media regulator is to launch an industry consultation on the next generation of mobile services.

Ofcom is seeking an early start on 5G after seeing many other countries launch 4G mobile broadband ahead of the UK.

The body is conscious of the need to deliver increased network capacity, as the number of people consuming mobile data continues to rise.

Steve Unger, Chief Technology Officer at Ofcom, told the Financial Times there are three ways to meet the demand for more data – more spectrum, better use of spectrum and additional cell sites.

"We need to progress on all three fronts, which is in effect what we mean by 5G, to meet the 80-fold increase in data usage we predict by 2030," he stated.

“We expect 5G will be about making mobile data ubiquitous – you won’t lose reception, or worry that your service will be too slow. It will always be there, always reliable, to the extent that it will become a fixed-line substitute."

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