High Court to rule on mobile broadband frequencies

23 Dec 2008

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is one step closer to auctioning off spectrum in the 2.6GHz range, The Register reports. British cellcos T-Mobile UK and O2 UK have lost an appeal arguing that the Competition Appeals Tribunal, rather than the High Court, has jurisdiction on the case. The ruling means that a case in the High Court will likely take place in early 2009; the cellcos have challenged Ofcom’s decision to award 2.6GHz frequencies whilst it has not clarified plans for 900MHz spectrum. The operators claim they cannot value 2.6GHz spectrum until they are aware of plans for the other frequency. Should Ofcom win the High Court case it is expected that the auctions would take place around March 2009.

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