Ofcom confirms 800MHz spectrum plans

1 Jul 2009

British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced proposals for the 800Mhz spectrum that is currently being used by the country’s analogue TV signal. The regulator has moved to reveal its plans following a public consultation earlier this year on whether it should align its spectrum with the digital dividend in other European countries. Ofcom has confirmed it will clear the entire band, noting that it ‘believe(s) that freeing-up the whole 800MHz band for new uses will provide large benefits to citizens and consumers. These include lower equipment prices for consumers, more efficient use of spectrum, improved opportunities for new generations of mobile broadband and more scope for competition and innovation in new wireless services’.

United Kingdom, Ofcom