5/12/2009 3:13:00 PM
Digital Britain spectrum decision expected tomorrow
Lord Stephen Carter’s advisor and former Ofcom executive, Kip Meek, is set to publish his decision on spectrum tomorrow (13 May), ahead of the publication of the Government’s Digital Britain report next month.
Meek is expected to place caps on the amount of spectrum that each operator can own. It is also thought that he will recommend that part of the spectrum freed when analogue is switched off in 2012 should be allocated for mobile broadband, as long as it is wholly used for universal coverage. Carter will publish his report on 16 June.
Last week, it emerged that Meek’s findings report had been delayed, after operators failed to agree on spectrum allocation before the 1 May deadline.
Carter said in February that Ofcom would impose a solution if operators failed to agree on spectrum allocation. He announced his plans to bring a minimum of 2Mbps to every household in the UK at the start of this year.