Sale of the spectrum

Ofcom has confirmed plans for the UK’s single-largest release of radio spectrum to date.


Ofcom has confirmed plans for the UK’s single-largest release of radio spectrum to date, suitable for a range of new services such as mobile broadband and advanced wireless services delivered using WiMAX and 3G technology.


Ofcom will release the spectrum in the 2010-2025MHz and 2500-2690MHz bands (known as 2.6GHz) on a technology and service neutral basis.


This will allow organisations to decide how best to use the spectrum within certain minimum technical specifications to prevent harmful interference. In total, 205MHz will be available and Ofcom expects to start the auction process in the summer.


There are a number of potential uses of the 2.6GHz spectrum including mobile broadband wireless services. These can offer high-speed, high-capacity mobile data connections enabling the delivery of advanced mobile services using technologies such as WiMAX or evolutions of 3G technology.


The release of the spectrum is part of a wider Ofcom programme to release around 400MHz of prime spectrum to the market over the next few years.


A statement about the auction and further information can be found at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/2ghzregsnotice/