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Ofcom Frees Wireless Spectrum

Posted: 31st Mar, 2006 By: MarkJ
Ofcom has announced that it intends to auction licences for frequencies at 1452-1492MHz (40MHz) on a technology and application-neutral basis by March 2007. It's hoped that the new frequencies will be used for broadband wireless services, among other things:

In response to the January 2005 proposals, a number of organisations expressed an interest in acquiring a licence for frequencies in this spectrum band. A number of possible uses for the spectrum have been suggested, including:

* Mobile TV – mobile multimedia services might be deployed using a variety of technologies such as DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting- Handheld) or DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting);

* Broadband wireless access – high speed internet access on the move using technologies such as WiMAX;

* Satellite digital radio – such services are popular in the US. The upper 12.5MHz of the 40MHz available could be used to deploy satellite digital radio using the S-DAB standard; and

* Programme-making and special events – frequencies might be used to enable the use of wireless cameras at sporting and other events.

This block of spectrum is subject to certain international agreements, including a plan agreed at Maastricht in 2002. These agreements impose some constraints on use of the spectrum in the UK. Ofcom considers that some of these constraints are no longer necessary in the interests of good spectrum management, and Ofcom will be seeking international agreement to a more flexible approach over coming months.


The deadline for responses is 9th June 2006 and readers can view the full press release - HERE.
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