Digital Britain spectrum proposals published

Digital Britain spectrum proposals  published



O2 and Vodafone will not be able to purchase any of the 800MHz spectrum freed up by analogue switch off, unless they give up some of their 900MHz spectrum.


The proposal was among Lord Stephen Carter’s advisor and former Ofcom executive, Kip Meek's, recommendations for ‘spectrum modernization’ published today (13 May), one month ahead of the publication of the Government’s Digital Britain report.


Meek – dubbed the Government’s ‘independent spectrum broker’ – has also recommended an overall spectrum cap on all operators, which will restrict 1800MHz holders T-Mobile and Orange from acquiring large amounts of the 2.6GHz spectrum that is due to go up for auction in mid-2010.


Coverage and access obligations will be placed on the 800MHz analogue TV spectrum, which will also be freed in 2010, so it can be used for next generation mobile (NGM).


Meek’s report said: ‘To enable the UK’s transition to NGM services, it would be in the interests of all stakeholders – including mobile operators, new entrants, Ofcom, consumers and the Government – to adopt a package of measures designed to provide clarity about mobile spectrum holdings.’


Minister for communications and technology, Stephen Carter, said: ‘The independent spectrum broker has concluded that there is a need to find a new comprehensive approach to enable the roll-out of NGM, which offer enormous benefits for the UK economy.


‘This report addresses the complex and challenging issues and demands careful consideration and we will be setting out our response in the final Digital Britain report next month’.


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.


Carter will publish his report on 16 June.


Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today


Please wait...

Please write code to prove you're human