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Ofcom supplies updates on mmWave spectrum public sale


Via this course of, Ofcom goals to award spectrum within the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands

U.Okay. telecom regulator Ofcom has supplied updates on the way it will make mmWave spectrum accessible within the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands.

In September 2023, Ofcom had introduced that it’ll open these spectrum bands to cell expertise, together with 5G companies, for the availability of quicker 5G speeds throughout 68 cities and cities throughout the U.Okay. Ofcom goals to award a number of 15-year, mounted time period citywide licenses to make use of the mmWave frequencies in 68 main cities and cities throughout the U.Okay., in addition to some localized licenses for “low density areas” inside these cities through a shared entry licensing framework.

The regulator famous that this spectrum can carry massive quantities of knowledge and has the potential to enhance cell speeds in busy areas, similar to practice stations, soccer stadiums and live performance venues. It may additionally assist progressive companies similar to digital actuality and manufacturing unit automation, Ofcom stated.

“In November, we set out many of the design elements for the public sale to award citywide licenses in these spectrum bands. Having thought-about responses to an additional session we revealed at the moment, we’ve got at this time determined to not embody a negotiation interval within the project stage of the public sale,” the telecom watchdog stated.

Within the newest replace, Ofcom has additionally confirmed that the mmWave spectrum public sale won’t embody, in the course of the closing project stage, a negotiation interval which might usually give winners of spectrum in a band a chance to agree that their respective allocations of spectrum can be adjoining.

Ofcom additionally stated it won’t embody guidelines governing the situation of any unsold spectrum within the 40 GHz band within the project stage of the public sale, aside from to require that any unsold 40GHz heaps are handled as a single, contiguous block.

Ofcom had beforehand confirmed it won’t maintain an public sale of mmWave spectrum till a call has been made by the nation’s competitors authorities on a proposed merger between native carriers Vodafone and Three UK.

The regulator had stated it doesn’t count on a call from the Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) in regards to the proposed merger till September 2024.

In Could 2021, the U.Okay. accomplished its most up-to-date 5G spectrum public sale, elevating a complete of £1.35 billion (at present $1.68 billion).

On this course of, cell operator EE secured 2×10 megahertz of paired frequency spectrum within the 700 MHz band at a price of £280 million; 20 megahertz of supplementary downlink spectrum within the 700 MHz band at a price of £4 million; and 40 megahertz within the 3.6-3.8 GHz band at a price of £168 million.

Three UK paid £280 million for two×10 megahertz of paired frequency spectrum within the 700 MHz band, whereas O2 secured 2×10 megahertz of paired frequency spectrum within the 700 MHz band at a price of £280 million; and 40 megahertz within the 3.6-3.8 GHz band at a price of £168 million.

In the meantime, Vodafone paid £176.4 million for 40 megahertz within the 3.6-3.8 GHz band.

In 2019, U.Okay. telcos obtained spectrum for the availability of 5G companies. These frequencies enabled the operators to launch 5G companies in 2019.

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