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Ofcom Criticised Over Ultrawideband

Posted: 20th Apr, 2005 By: MarkJ
The chairman for Cambridge's University computing laboratory, Andy Hopper, has attacked Ofcom for doing little to help Ultrawideband (UWB) out of its present standards war:

"Large companies want to draw it out as long as possible so the smaller companies will fall by the wayside. Smaller companies are getting funding on the basis that there'll be regulation and support from the Ofcoms of this world, and that's not happening," added Hopper, professor of computer technology at Cambridge.

Back in January this year, Ofcom said it was in favour of allowing UWB services in the UK, but it has yet to make a final decision. Some insiders have suggested that Ofcom will insist on tougher regulations than exist in the US.

Speaking to ZDNet UK after the conference's morning session, Communications Innovation Institute chairman Dr David Cleevely was passionate about the role current incumbents of the radio spectrum are playing in slowing the adoption of UWB. "The case against UWB is overdone," he said. "It will create billions of dollars, and the question is how are those who oppose it going to compensate us for not letting it happen?"

Sadly Ofcom's own response doesn't sound too sure of itself: "we’ve probably made the right decision", stated their R&D head. More @ ZDNet.
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