Ofcom details 900MHz spectrum release proposals

20 Feb 2009

Following a meeting with the five British mobile network operators, regulator Ofcom has revealed proposals that could see Vodafone and O2 give up approximately 15% of their respective 2G spectrum allocations. According to Mobile Today the two cellcos would be called on to release 5MHz of their 35MHz allocations in the 900MHz frequency band, but only if the operators fail to reach their own agreement for freeing up spectrum by April this year. The move comes as part of plans revealed by communication minister Lord Carter’s plans to ensure all Britons have access to 2Mbps broadband services by 2012. Ofcom has also said that it may remove conditions in 2G and 3G licences that dictate how the spectrum bands are used, hinting that frequencies currently used for 2G services could be free for a ‘wider range’ of uses. The regulator expects to auction any released spectrum in summer 2012.

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