British telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that it has decided to make changes to the technical conditions of mobile licences held by O2 and Vodafone in response to requests by the two cellcos.
In a press release regarding the matter, Ofcom confirmed that it will update the technical conditions of concessions held by Vodafone in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2.6GHz bands. These variations will amend the licences with updated parameters ‘to reflect the latest technologies’ and will remove technology restrictions within the licences making them technology neutral.
Meanwhile, the regulator also confirmed it will remove a restriction placed on O2’s unpaired spectrum in the 2.6GHz band. This variation will remove a restriction on the 5MHz block within the mobile operator’s unpaired spectrum allocation adjacent to Vodafone’s unpaired allocation. According to the regulator, this will allow O2 to use an unrestricted 20MHz of spectrum compared with the 15MHz currently available. Meanwhile, Vodafone’s licence will be similarly varied.