Technology, Media & Telecoms: Opposite ends of the spectrum
Since OFCOM announced a spectrum trading consultation in August last year, there has been a steady flow of statements and consultation papers on the subject. But the Government and the telecoms industry are a long way from agreeing on some of the more technical issues surrounding spectrum liberalisation. Richard Eccles reports
OFCOM has progressed swiftly with its proposals to liberalise permitted spectrum usage under Wireless Telegraphy Act licences, and to enable trading of spectrum rights, since its initial consultation document of November 2003. Trading of spectrum rights is now made possible as from 23 December, 2004 by the Wireless Telegraphy (Spectrum Trading) Regulations, in respect of public mobile operations (data), private business radio, fixed wireless access, point to point fixed links and scanning telemetry. Separate regulations are now in force establishing the Wireless Telegraphy Register from the same date.
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