There are a number of potential uses of the 2.6 GHz 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.
Details of the award
The auction has been designed to offer the maximum flexibility in the way that the bands can be used and all licences will be tradable.
In comparison to other Ofcom spectrum awards for mobile applications, the properties of the spectrum at 2.6 GHz mean that operators will be able to deploy wireless broadband services offering very high speed and capacity.
The release of this spectrum is part of a wider Ofcom programme to release around 400 MHz of prime spectrum to the market over the next few years, creating opportunities for new innovation and new competition in wireless services.
Recently Ofcom confirmed plans to release spectrum in the so-called L-Band at 1452 – 1492 MHz and is due to consult on further details of the release of the digital dividend, the prime spectrum that will be released through digital television switchover, later in the spring.
Philip Rutnam, Ofcom’s partner in charge of spectrum policy, said: “The release of the 2.6 GHz radio spectrum will create opportunities for fresh innovation, new services and competition for the benefit of consumers in the UK.”