11/08/2009

Consultation on the way forward for the future use of the band 872 - 876 MHz paired with 917 - 921 MHz | Ofcom

Consultation on the way forward for the future use of the band 872 - 876 MHz paired with 917 - 921 MHz | Ofcom

Ofcom is holding a consultation on the 872 - 876 MHz paired with 917 - 921 MHz bands.

The last consultation was held in Summer 2006, but the conditions have changed since then.

It's likely that the GSM directive will be amended such that the 900MHz and other bands can be refarmed for 3G use. This means the 917 - 921 MHz which is adjacent to this band will need to be controlled such that 3G interference is minimised.

Ofcom are considering the band for UMTS use and systems such as LTE could work in the band.

Ofcom are also considering allowing short range devices such as RFID systems to operate in this band in a light licensing regime as interference is likely to be very localised.

The consultation closes on the 3rd of Nov 2009.
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