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Ofcom delays 2.6GHz Spectrum Action Again

UK’s telecom regulatory authority, The Office of Communications (Ofcom), has further delayed the much awaited auction of 2.6 GHz spectrum, which was scheduled to take place in October this year.

These delays have reportedly been caused by legal challenges from the prominent mobile operators like O2 and T-Mobile, who don’t appear to be satisfied from the auction process.

Initially, the band was supposed to be auctioned in July, but it was opposed as the operators wanted clear-cut plans for reforming the existing 900-MHz band.

Apparently, both the operators are looking forward to introduce W-CDMA services on the existing band, and mentioned the need to know about the future of the existing band, in order to assess the true value of the 2.6 GHz spectrum.

Currently the 900MHz band has been licensed only for 2G services but operators, who already own a block of it, intend to use other technologies on it like 3G.

In a statement Ofcom said, “Litigation is currently ongoing and we continue to press for it to be progressed as expeditiously as possible.”

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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 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.