A study conducted by consultancy Analysys Mason on behalf of two British government agencies estimates the total economic value of spectrum use throughout the United Kingdom (UK) at ₤52 billion (US$83.13 billion) during 2011, which represents an increase of 25% since 2006. Issued on Monday, the study bodes well for would-be participants in the UK’s upcoming auction of fourth-generation wireless spectrum that was reclaimed from broadcasters during the national transition to digital television services. The report indicates that mobile services accounted for nearly 60% of the ₤52 billion figure, with an additional 20% attributed to broadcast services. Other sectors covered by the report include Wi-Fi, microwave links, satellite links, and private mobile radio services. Public mobile communications were found to support a supply chain of infrastructure, equipment, application and content providers that generated annual revenues in excess of ₤20 billion (US$32 billion) and 75,000 jobs, with broadcast services accounting for ₤16 billion (US$25.5 billion) in annual supply chain revenues and 40,000 jobs. Noting that government plans to reallocate 500 MHz of public safety spectrum for commercial use by 2020 are likely to offer additional benefits to the government and to the economy as a whole, the report asserts that, “as the highest value is likely to be obtained in the public mobile sector, releasing spectrum for this purpose will create the most value.”