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Ofcom To Auction Available UHF Spectrum In 2009

Office of Communications (Ofcom), has finally decided to utilize the bandwidth left in Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band, thereby pointing to a large switch over to digital televisions in future.

UHF band is used for transferring large amount of data through large distances, which is a pre-requisite for analogue televisions.

Ofcom mentioned that the bandwidth will be productively extracted to deliver innovative services to UK citizens, including ultra-speed mobile broadband, mobile TV or an improved version of digital televisions.

The regulator plans to auction 128 MHz of cleared spectrum in 2009 and the spectrum will be made available in 2012, till the digital switch over proceeds through.

The spectrum will be released in a manner to enhance competition and innovation, ensuring accessibility of a broad range of technologies and services to the spectrum, Ofcom said.

The licenses will be tradeable which will facilitate the user in determining the kind of services they offer.

In order to maintain a healthy competition, Ofcom will limit the amount of bandwidth acquired by any organization, and it will also check the interference of emerging services in existing services.

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.