UK Regulator Proposes LTE Services in 900Mhz Spectrum

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The UK's telecoms regulator Ofcom is considering loosening the rules around the use of radio spectrum to permit existing mobile spectrum holders to reuse their spectrum for LTE services.

Vodafone and Hutchison 3G UK (Three) has asked the regulator to lift the restriction on their spectrum licenses to permit the deployment of LTE services. The regulator has already granted permission to EE to reuse its 1800Mhz spectrum for LTE services.

Telefnica O2 and Vodafone have also requested an amendment to their 900MHz licences so as to increase the maximum permitted base station transmit power by 3 decibels (3dB) for 3G use.

Ofcom said that it proposes to agree to liberalise the radio spectrum so that LTE services can eventually be deployed at 800Mhz, 900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2.1Ghz and 2.6Ghz frequencies.

The regulator also said it is minded to approve the change to the 900Mhz spectrum licenses to allow the use of 3G services by increasing the base station power limits.

The regulator has now launched a public consultation on the changes.

On the web: Ofcom consultation (pdf file)

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