20/06/2007

Programme-making and special events: future spectrum access | Ofcom

Programme-making and special events: future spectrum access | Ofcom

Ofcom is holding a consultation on the spectrum used by Program-making and special events users - they currently have access to about 2.5GHz of spectrum (compared say to 3G which has about 140MHz).

Some of the frequencies will clash when the digital switchover occurs, and though PMSE generally has second use of the frequencies, there are likely to be issues as the analogue spectrum will be auctioned off.

Ofcom want opinions on how the transition should take place.

18/06/2007

UK Broadband application for licence variation | Ofcom

UK Broadband application for licence variation | Ofcom

UK Broadband has applied to Ofcom to modify their 3.5GHz license to allow them

* technology and application neutrality.

* to increase the permitted power limits.

The first would put them in-line with existing policy which has come about since the Communications Act came into force, and Ofcom would like to move forward with this. What this really means is that UK Broadband can offer mobile WiMAX services as the existing license is only for FWA (fixed wireless access) services.

Ofcom would also like to allow UK Broadband to increase the power limits on fixed sites to +29 dBW/MHz and -5 dBW/MHz for mobile stations.

Whether UK Broadband has the resources necessary to roll-out a national network is debatable, however having the ability to offer fixed and mobile WiMAX services will increase the value of their license substationaly.

BT have indicated they are looking to purchase spectrum (2.5GHz when Ofcom hold an auction), but if it's cheaper to buy an existing network that's a commercially sensible route.