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Ofcom spectrum release could boost wireless services

Communications regulator Ofcom has announced plans for the UK’s largest single release of radio spectrum, in a move that could open up new bands to mobile broadband and advanced wireless services.

An Ofcom consultation document seeks views on proposals to auction licences for three spectrum bands: 2500MHz to 2690MHz, 2010MHz to 2025MHz and 2290MHz to 2300MHz. In total 215MHz will be available.

The regulator is planning to release the spectrum on a technology-neutral and service-neutral basis, in order to offer flexibility in the way that the bands could be used. Licences are to be awarded through auction.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said, “Spectrum is a valuable resource that is central to the operation of modern communications. Releasing more spectrum to the market will create new opportunities for innovation in wireless technologies, promoting competition and driving convergence.”

Potential uses of the newly released spectrum could include mobile broadband wireless services, mobile multimedia services or even mobile broadcast to support wireless cameras for outside broadcasts and temporary or portable video links.

 

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