New spectrum bands available for broadband fixed wireless services

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Sunil Sood, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Sunil Sood

    Sunil Sood Guest

    Ofcom today increased the opportunities for broadband fixed wireless
    services, by publishing provisions for opening the 71-76GHz and 81-86GHz
    bands for licensed use.

    At present these spectrum bands are not in commercial use. However,
    technological developments offers the possibility of new applications for
    these higher frequency bands.

    These applications could include very high capacity, point to point wireless
    networks, which could potentially be used as alternatives to fibre optic
    cable. Possible data speeds range from 1Gb per second to 10Gb per second
    over distances of 1-2 km. In comparison, copper loops typically enable
    connection speeds of between 1 and 24 Mbps.
    The licensing process

    The bands, which are planned to be made available from spring 2007, will be
    licensed rather than auctioned, as Ofcom does not expect demand for the
    spectrum to exceed supply. The band's properties of high bandwidth combined
    with narrow beam signal technology mean that a very large number of
    broadband users could co-exist without interference.

    Ofcom will adopt a flexible light licensing process with registration on a
    first come, first served basis. Licensees will pay £50 per link per year and
    an unlimited number of assignments will be possible in the spectrum band.
    The licences will be tradeable and licence holders themselves will be
    responsible for managing any interference issues between links.

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    Sunil Sood, Nov 8, 2006
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