29/06/2006

Ofcom announces release of spectrum suitable for new broadband services

Ofcom Website | Ofcom announces release of spectrum suitable for new broadband services

Ofcom is proposing to offer spectrum in the 10GHz, 28GHz and 32GHz bands which can be used for broadband (or other) services.

Likely uses are: -

* Broadcast wireless/video links which could be used in the 2012 London Olympics.

* High bandwidth fixed links (backhaul)

* Broadband access in 10GHz and 28GHz

Ofcom is proposing 12 licenses, which will consist of the following: -

* 10 GHz – a single UK-wide licence of 2x100 MHz;

* 28 GHz – two UK-wide licences each of 2x112 MHz, plus three geographically limited licences each of 2x112 MHz which can only operate in certain areas

* 32 GHz – six UK-wide licences each of 2x126 MHz.

The consultation closes Sept 7, 2006 and the licenses will be offered in 2007.
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