Ofcom: Spectrum cleared for 4G LTE ahead of schedule in UK

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The 800MHz spectrum has been cleared 5 months ahead of schedule, to give way to 4G LTE services. Chief Executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards, has said Ofcom will be clearing the path for 4G mobile broadband this week, for coverage by the UK mobile operators. He believes this would boost up rural consumers and businesses, as the 4G coverage will be able to touch 98% of people's lives both indoors and outdoors in the UK. Ofcom will mark the end of this huge engineering programme that was carried out region by region, to finally end at northern Scotland for the final retune of television frequencies there.

Although 4G has been already in existence thanks to pioneering mobile services by EE, the 800MHz spectrum has been previously used by the Freeview television and audio broadcasts. The 1800MHz is being used for the mobile services of EE already. The 2.6GHz band is being worked on and would be ready by autumn. A few air-traffic control systems and radars have to be upgraded to avoid interference, when 4G operators begin use of the 2.6GHz band. This band of the spectrum is for huge transfer of data in concentrated areas.


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