The UK telecom regulator Ofcom has announced its plans to amend the radio spectrum license held by UK Broadband, which will enable the company to offer internet connections to both fixed and mobile devices in the country.
UK Broadband is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong telecoms conglomerate PCCW. In 2003, it acquired 15 regional licenses for 3.5 GHz spectrum. According to Ofcom, the company’s current Wireless Telegraphy Act license permits it to operate broadband fixed wireless access in the 3.5 GHz band. The company had asked Ofcom to change its license to make it technology and application neutral, giving it greater flexibility on using the radio spectrum as well as allow an increase in its permitted power levels so that it could employ the IEEE 802.16e WiMAX mobile standard.
With this decision, Ofcom has become the first telecommunications regulator in Europe to recognize the decision made in the World Radio Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month. The decision designated the 3.4-3.6 GHz as the IMT mobile spectrum.
UK Broadband said that it is in discussion with major equipment suppliers to ensure the availability of equipment.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates