Mobile broadband needs 2G spectrum, says Ofcom

Friday, October 29th 2010
Communications regulator Ofcom has called for the 2G spectrum to be opened up for improved mobile broadband coverage.
Mobile broadband needs 2G spectrum, says Ofcom
Ofcom has said the 2 G spectrum should be made available to improve mobile broadband capacity in the UK.

The communications regulator has advocated relaxing the licence on the 900MHz and 1800MHz radio spectrum bands to help meet the growing demand for 3G services.

Opening a four-week consultation process on the subject, Ofcom suggested this course of action would lead to faster networks and improved conditions for consumers.

"Our advice to government is that 2G spectrum should be made available for 3G mobile services as soon as possible," the organisation commented.

Mobile broadband users in rural areas could see their services improve significantly if the change goes ahead.

Vodafone and O2 currently own the 900MHz band, while the 1800Mhz spectrum is controlled by Everything Everywhere, the company responsible for the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile networks.

Up until now, the operators have only been allowed to use the bandwidth to deliver 2G services.

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