UK-based communications infrastructure company Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum licence from intelligent managed services provider Luminet. The Region A concession comprises 2×112MHz, and covers Central and Greater London. The company has said this will bolster its existing nationwide spectrum band ownership. No financial details were disclosed.
Commenting on the matter, Nicolas Ott, Managing Director of Telecoms and M2M at Arqiva, said: ‘5G [fixed-wireless access] FWA is an exciting opportunity to deliver true ultrafast broadband above 500Mbps to millions of households … In purchasing this additional licence we are able to further our ambitions in this area, standing ourselves in good stead to deliver a compelling 5G FWA wholesale service to UK mobile and fixed operators across the country, and with even more capacity in Greater London.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in February 2017 Arqiva revealed it would partner with Samsung to test 5G FWA technology in central London. The trials, which are being conducted this summer, are not expected to pre-empt a move into the consumer sector, however, with Arqiva CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie noting at the time that mobile phone companies would be participating in the trials with Samsung, and confirming: ‘We are not competing for their customers.’