Ofcom lifts licence on ultra-wideband devices

Ofcom has removed the need for a licence on ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies that wirelessly connect devices within a 30-metre radius.

Ofcom has removed the need for a licence on ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies that wirelessly connect devices within a 30-metre radius.

Such devices are already available without a licence in the US and Japan where UWB home hubs have been developed to connect personal computers, DVD players, portable music players and digital cameras, all without the need of wires.

Ed Richards, Ofcom's chief executive, said: "Radio spectrum is an essential raw material in the development of converged communications services. Where possible, we want to remove restrictions on the use of spectrum to allow the market to develop new and innovative services - such as UWB - for the benefit of consumers."

UWB allows the transfer of large amounts of data - up to 2Gytes - over relatively short distances.




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