Ofcom to auction more radio spectrum licences

Ofcom, the telecommunication regulatory body, is to auction four radio spectrum bands which could be used to transmit information over a range of up to 12 kilometres.

This announcement concerns the 10GHz, 28GHz, 32GHz and 40GHz bands and the provisional deadline for the bid set by Ofcom, is for the 16th of January 2008.

Ofcom will allocate the licence on a technology and service neutral basis; The spectrum could be eventually resold or purchased by a group rather than an individual entity.

The unused radio spectrum bands could be useful to Google which has confirmed that it would bid for Wireless Spectrum in the US.

However, Rob Bamforth of Quocirca said to ITPro that the spectrum might be attractive to those looking to serve businesses or as a backbone to existing infrastructure.