RF & Microwave Designline Blog
Ofcom (the UK regulator/authority for the UK communications industry) has cut loose the use of 2G spectrum for 3G mobile broadband. In what seems to me to be a bizarre set of circumstances, some spectrum was licensed specifically for 2G services only. And, according to the BBC, 3G licenses netted the UK government more than 20 billion pounds in 2000. Of course, 2G license holders are happy with this decision, and, not surprisingly, many 3G license holders are not. All of it seems to be a "day late and a dollar short" to use one of my Dad's favorite expressions. Now, Ofcom has announced that before 2012, it plans to auction off (on behalf of the UK government) 2.6GHz and 800MHz frequencies for 4G/LTE services.
Does this all seem a little odd? Anyone on the ground there in the UK care to shed some light on this?