OFCOM’s Spectrum Proposal to cover 98% of UK
In the new era of telecom, According to them, they expect to make the 4G spectrum available in the UK with comparison to the level of bandwidth availability in other similar channels of communication.
As the bandwidth frees up in the 800MHz spectrum OFCOM hopes that the existing customers will move to digital television thus freeing up the 800MHz spectrum. This includes extending 4G coverage to cover up almost 98% of the entire United Kingdom.
UK telecom sector is characterized with strong competition.
Spectrum appears lucrative for investments
Following a series of analytical consultations between March 2011 and May 2011, the telecom regulators have been leveling the game with other service providers now when OFCOM has proposed to extend their United Kingdom 4G coverage from 95% to 98% they are ensuring that the 4G coverage will not only match existing 2G spectrum coverage but will also extend to that of mobile “not reachable” areas. In October, the Government has announced plans to invest around £150m into the telecom sector to boost mobile coverage in those remote areas which have characteristics of poor or no mobile service. A significant portion of this investment money will likely be used to construct mobile infrastructure and extend spectrum coverage for broadband and voice-over-mobile services in areas where there is little or negligible commercial incentive to do so.
Importance of Strong Competition in Spectrum
The reports from the Telecom Department notes the major importance of strong competition in the telecom and mobile space for the duly need of finding the exact “right mix” for each service provider to offer their unique services. It is interesting to see how their proposal to reserve some spectrum in the 2.6GHz has been labelled as “innovative” services.
They have raised the prospect of increasing small scale mobile networks inside university campuses, in commercial offices, or in hospitals. These places operate on short-range frequencies in smaller, remote areas. But size does not matter when you have a large customer base therefore the availability of such spectrum could provide some game changing small scale services from several start-ups overall.