13/04/2007

Backgrounder on Local Loop Unbundling in the UK at Digital-Lifestyles (alpha remix)

Backgrounder on Local Loop Unbundling in the UK at Digital-Lifestyles (alpha remix)

My article on LLU in the UK and the (un)economics of it all...

Enjoy the read.

12/04/2007

Licence-Exemption Framework Review (LEFR) | Ofcom

Licence-Exemption Framework Review (LEFR) | Ofcom

Ofcom is holding a consultation on how they should approach License Exempt spectrum.

There are many issues: -

a) Should spectrum be reserved for exclusive licence-exempt use by a single wireless application (i.e. application-specific spectrum)? Or should multiple applications be allowed to share the spectrum (i.e. spectrum commons)?

b) What type of rules, if any, should be used to manage licence-exempt use of spectrum (e.g. rules of entry and operation within a spectrum commons)?

c) What is the relationship between light-licensing and licence-exemption? What are the circumstances under which one regime is preferable over the other?

d) Is there a frequency limit above which all spectrum use can be made exempt from licensing? If so, what is the value of this limit?

e) Is there a transmission power limit below which all emissions can be made exempt from licensing? If so, what is the value of this limit and how should it vary as a function of frequency?

f) What should our international stance towards licence-exemption be?

g) Should there be any degree of protection towards licence-exempt users of spectrum beyond our current legal obligations?

Ofcom also consider the commercial value of the spectrum and whether it would be better (more effectively) used in a license exempt or licensed manner.

The consultation closes on 21 June 2007.

Ofcom announced companies allowed to bid

Barablu Mobile Holding Limited and Personal Broadband UK Limited are eligable to bid for the 1785 - 1805 MHz Northern Ireland spectrum award.