NEWS: OFCOM TO AUCTION 40 MHz OF L-BAND SPECTRUM BEFORE YEAR-END by GRANT GODDARD

www.grantgoddard.co.uk February 2007

Details of the timescale for the auction of L-Band spectrum have been released by Ofcom, which will offer 40MHz of spectrum in the 1452-1492MHz band that could be used for digital radio, mobile TV, mobile broadband, WiMax or wireless cameras. Following its consultation published in May 2006, Ofcom will issue a statement and information memorandum this summer, and the auction is scheduled for the second half of the year. Ofcom also noted that a further 60MHz of spectrum adjacent to the existing 3G mobile phone bands is available for “complementary satellite and terrestrial” services operating across Europe. This spring, the European Commission is planning to consult on how suitable pan-European operators for this spectrum should be selected, and their recommendations will be published in the autumn. Speaking at an event to discuss the regulator’s Draft Annual Plan for the next three years, Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said that, in implementing a market-based approach to spectrum, “we are coming from a sector of the economy that is probably the most bureaucratically planned sector of any outside of the former Soviet Union, and we’ve got a long, long, long way to go.”  Ofcom announced that its competition partner Sean Williams will be leaving the regulator in late spring to join the Office of Fair Trading as executive director of markets & projects. Williams had joined Ofcom in 2003 and was promoted to the board in January 2006.

[First published in 'The Radio Magazine' as 'L-Band Auction Before Year-End', #774, 7 February 2007]

Grant Goddard is a media analyst / radio specialist / radio consultant with thirty years of experience in the broadcasting industry, having held senior management and consultancy roles within the commercial media sector in the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. Details at http://www.grantgoddard.co.uk

News: Ofcom To Auction 40 Mhz Of L-Band Spectrum Before Year-End ©2007 Grant Goddard

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