UK Broadband gets mobility upgrade to WiMAX licence

23 Nov 2007

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will amend the WiMAX spectrum licence of UK Broadband to allow for the provision of mobile services. According to an Ofcom press release, ‘the change will allow the company to offer internet connections to portable or mobile devices as well as to fixed locations across the UK.’UK Broadband acquired 15 regional licenses for the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz spectrum in July 2003. At the time, the licences were restricted to fixed and nomadic use for wireless broadband. In December last year UK Broadband requested that Ofcom permit the company to operate its licence at higher power levels and to allow for the use of mobility services. In its request to Ofcom, UK Broadband said that the higher power levels were required so the company could employ the IEEE 802.16e mobile standard of WiMAX. UK Broadband is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong telco PCCW.