Ofcom decision to make airwaves available for mobile broadband services

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Ofcom decision to make airwaves available for mobile broadband services

Ofcom has today published a decision to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, while securing the future of digital terrestrial TV.

The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up the 700 MHz frequency band.

As a result, consumers and businesses should get faster and cheaper mobile data services, while viewers can continue to enjoy the free-to-view TV services they value without another ‘switchover’. Ofcom’s objective is to make this happen by the beginning of 2022, and possibly up to two years earlier.

Ofcom will also ensure that users of wireless microphones in the programme making and special events sector, such as theatres, sports venues and music events, continue to have access to the airwaves they need to deliver their important cultural benefits.


via Ofcom decision to make airwaves available for mobile broadband services.


Keep your eye on this development to accommodate broadband services in the UK.  Our own FCC could do likewise in the future.  Although 700 MHz is the targeted spectrum, other bands in the UHF range are also being considered for broadband services–there’s been a lot of discussion about the future of 2.5 GHZ, 3.4 GHz, and higher bands.  Use it or lose it.

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