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March 12, 2010

WiMAX to get first stab at spectrum auction

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by David Allen

As the time gets closer for the government and the media regulator Ofcom to decide the future of spectrum, it seems that choices could be limited, so much so that a decision that could be considered by the industry as radical may have to be made.

Ofcom has 60 MHz located close to the 800 MHz position and 190 MHz in the 2.6 GHz part of the band to sell.

Naturally the government would like to give it to the highest bidder but there are positioning and legal issues caught up in these bands.

It would seem, from expert recommendations, that the best solution would be to sell the bands off for WiMAX, as this could be used for mobile broadband services.

This will be a recurring issue as the bands have been carved up and sold off in pieces. So who wants the crumbs?

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