UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that it has approved a request for an indefinite extension of UK Broadband’s (UKB’s) spectrum licence, which utilises two 20MHz blocks in the frequency ranges 3480MHz-3500MHz and 3580MHz-3600MHz. With the concession having been due to expire in July 2018, back in June 2014 CommsUpdate reported that the regulator had launched a consultation following a request from the mobile broadband operator for the licence extension.
Now, having concluded its investigation Ofcom has confirmed it will extends UKB’s licence, saying it believed that doing so would ‘promote competition and encourage investment and innovation’. Among the potential benefits that the regulator expects as a result of UKB’s investment are: the delivery of faster broadband speeds in underserved areas; lower prices for broadband; additional end-to-end competition in the market for fixed broadband; and the quicker development of new equipment capable of using the 3.4 GHz band.
The extended licence will be subject to an annual licence fee commencing from July 2018.