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April 28, 2009

Mobile broadband spectrum talks may have failed


by David Allen

The Digital Britain plan formulated by the communications minister Lord Carter appears to have fallen at the first post.

In order for the rollout of a national minimum broadband to succeed, the mobile phone operators Vodafone and O2 were required to give up the 900 MHz spectrum, which they have used since the 1980s.

However, the two mobile providers have been digging their heels in when it comes to giving this up.

It now seems that the plan could be changed to allow Vodafone and O2 to keep the spectrum because negotiations have been taking too long and clearly nothing is going to be decided before the deadline of 30th April.

Nevertheless, at the same time if the operators are allowed to keep this spectrum, then they will not be allowed to share in the space freed up when the analogue signal is switched off in 2012.

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