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Forget Internet2 : Ofcom wants to start the 1Gbps Wireless Internet revolution

While start-ups are planning to offer free ad-subsidised wireless broadband in the US, the Ofcom (Office of Communications) has proposed to open up new spectrum bands to allow wireless fixed broadband services.

In effect, Ofcom is looking to substantially increase the percentage of individuals who have access to broadband internet. A particular point noted in the press release is use of the licensed bands.

This will offer very high performance, point-to-point wireless network capable of speeds ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps over short distances, typically 1 or 2 km.

Even the latest FTTP (fibre to the premises) technologies cannot reach those speeds and current copper-based broadband would look positively outgunned.

Unlike what has happened for 3G though, Ofcom wants to provide the band on a first come first served basis rather than auctioning it to the highest bidder. Gordon Brown might not be happy with this approach but it is refreshingly different. It is unknown how and on what basis the offer will be.

Overcrowding is not something that will happen soon since the high frequency used will ensure that there is no interference between users. The consultation will run for another two months.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.