The Digital Dividend: made for mobile

20 July 2010

Ofcom has reallocated its Digital Dividend spectrum, allowing the UK to fit in with plans for harmonised usage of the spectrum across Europe, resulting in most of the spectrum being made ‘mobile friendly’, and a little left for digital TV services

The revised plans provide a much improved platform for mobile services in a very attractive spectrum band, with European harmonisation providing the potential for standardised (i.e. cheap) equipment and handsets

On the downside, there will still be insufficient quantity of spectrum to satisfy demand from the mobile operators, with five operators chasing three decent blocks of spectrum, so the auction is likely to be very competitive

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