New rulings from the European Parliament have placed new urgency on the allocation of 4G services, telling member nations that they must have “authorised the use” of the two main 4G spectrums by January 1st 2013.
The EU’s guidelines on the matter specifically refer to the 800MHz spectrum, saying: “By 1 January 2013, all Member States (unless an individual exemption has been obtained before that date), should have authorised the use of the 800 MHz band for wireless broadband communications.”
The 800MHz band is the key one for the UK’s 4G plans, as this covers a longer range than the 2.6GHz frequencies, which should help bring faster broadband connections to some currently offline rural UK notspots and maybe, eventually, help the UK and Ofcom hit that 98 per cent coverage ambition. [EU via TNW]
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