UK regulator releases high frequency spectrum for new broadband services
Monday, December 3rd, 2007

UK communications regulator Ofcom today announced details of its fourth auction of radio spectrum licences, which is part of a programme to release new spectrum for a wide range of uses. The high frequency spectrum is suitable for a number of different uses including high-capacity broadband, for example, for organisations seeking to share wireless internet connections across buildings in close proximity.

The spectrum bands are between 10 GHz and 40 GHz. This means that it can carry large amounts of data over distances of up to 12 kilometres. The provisional date for applications to take part in the auction is 16 January 2008; confirmation of this will be made before Christmas.

The auction, which will be held online, is part of a programme of making the most efficient use of the UK’s valuable spectrum resource by releasing unused spectrum. It will also benefit the economy; Ofcom’s research has shown that the use of the radio spectrum contributes at least Ł37bn or 3 per cent to UK GDP.

Ofcom will release the spectrum on a technology and service neutral basis, allowing users the flexibility to decide what technology to use, what services to offer and to change their use of the spectrum over time. All licences granted will be tradable.