4/8/2010 5:13:00 PM
Networks' plans for spectrum refarming halted
Networks' plans to begin refarming their 2G spectrum for 3G services will be delayed as the result of the halt of a GSM Directive.
O2 and Vodafone were hoping to begin work on their 900Mhz spectrum, while T-Mobile and Orange were going to start to use their 800Mhz band for 3G after the Ofcom directive came in on 9 May.
However, the election has delayed the move, which was due alongside the Statutory Instrument for spectrum liberalisation.
The legislation had been making its way through Parliament with the Government's Digital Economy Bill, and has been put back until after a new Government comes in on May 6.
The spectrum decisions now very much depend on the incoming Government, which may scrap the Digital Britain proposals altogether.
Meanwhile, a Conservative Government is likely to significantly reduce Ofcom's powers, which could delay the process further.