Citing early clearance of the analog television bands and an agreement among three of the nation’s top four wireless operators, British telecom regulator Ofcom confirmed on Tuesday that it will be able to proceed with its long-anticipated auction of fourth-generation (4G) licenses by the end of this year. The auction, which will encompass spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands being cleared by television broadcasters that are transitioning to digital channels, is slated to boost the United Kingdom’s pool of available wireless spectrum by 75%. At the time it adopted auction rules in July, Ofcom had expected to launch the auction process during the first half of 2013. During a press conference, Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards noted that, after a successful round of discussions with broadcasters, spectrum slated for auction “will be cleared and ready for 4G mobile services across much of the U.K. five months earlier than previously planned.” Ofcom officials added that an agreement brokered by the government with three major wireless carriers—Vodafone, O2, and Three UK—has removed the threat of litigation against a ruling, handed down by Ofcom in August, that allowed Everything Everywhere to use its current authorized channels to offer 4G wireless broadband services by the end of this year. Affirming that Ofcom is “focused on starting the auction by the end of this year,” Richards boasted: “the actions we have taken with industry and government avoids the risk of significant delay and is tremendous news for consumers who might otherwise have waited a considerable period for the next generation of mobile broadband services.”