10/16/2013 10:33:09 AM
Ofcom seeks views of MoD spectrum sale
Ofcom is seeking to free up more spectrum for 4G by inviting companies to express an interest in radiowaves formerly owned by the Ministry of Defence.
The spectrum is equivalent to three quarters the amount that was auctioned off earlier this year. The MoD is releasing 190MHz of spectrum for commercial use. Ofcom said operators would be among the companies interested in the spectrum and the sale could lead to increased capacity and competition in the UK.
Ofcom CEO Ed Richards said: 'This is a very significant next step forward in Ofcom’s long-term strategy for managing spectrum. Over the next decade we will see a revolution in the way that people connect to the internet, driven by the ability to wirelessly access the internet at super fast speeds. 4G is likely to open up a new wave of wireless innovation that will deliver considerable benefits to society and the UK’s digital economy.
'However this development will also place huge demands on the UK’s wireless infrastructure. Releasing MOD spectrum onto the commercial marketplace is an important step in helping to meet this extraordinary demand.'
Ofcom said interested parties should responde by 27 November. The spectrum will be awarded during the 2015-16 financial year.
Author: Graeme Neill