back to article Ofcom won’t hold back in latest mobile spectrum auction

Ofcom has announced its plans for the promised auction of 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum. And it’s “steady as she goes”. A total of 190 MHz of new spectrum will be auctioned: 40 MHz of spectrum within the 2.3 GHz band (2350-2390 MHz) and 150 MHz of spectrum within the 3.4 GHz band (at 3410-3480 MHz and 3500-3580 MHz). But, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not TalkTalk, FFS

    "In addition to BT, Three and Vodafone it would be good to see more applicants. Candidates might include Sky, TalkTalk and AQL, all of which have a portfolio of fixed and mobile broadband offerings."

    1. DavCrav

      Re: Not TalkTalk, FFS

      Maybe they want to broadcast people's data next time, save the hackers the trouble of breaking in again.

  2. Mage Silver badge


    2.3GHz is OK for Mobile.

    3.4GHz is too high. OK for WiFi or point to point or Point to Multipoint outdoor aerials.

    700MHz is Broadcast. Absolute moronic stupidity. Cells that are too big for useful capacity. Even the 800MHz is dubious.

    Developments in TV need 700MHz. Actually even the 800MHz would arguably be better for Broadcast than Mobile.

    Ofcom wants to abolish Terrestrial Broadcast and have Radio & TV via Mobile Operators only as it's higher licence revenue.

    Satellite, Cable, Fibre, Internet & Mobile are complementary to Broadcast. In reality the Mobile operators plans to to TV are actually just Subscription TV Broadcast in Mobile sized channels, Not Internet / IP.

    1. HamsterNet

      Re: Morons

      TV Broadcast, is just like DVDs, CDs, printed papers, Ceefax...

      All tech dust, blown away by the great wind of the internet. You can still find the grains if you look, but they are insignificant bygones in a new IP era.

      You can have all the worlds TV (not just your local patch) without an areal. It all comes down The Pipe.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: down The Pipe

        "You can have all the worlds TV (not just your local patch) without an areal. It all comes down The Pipe."

        *You*, and a tiny proportion of others, can have it all come down The Pipe.

        When will there be enough affordable backbone bandwidth and ISP bandwidth for Ofcon to be able to close down everybody's broadcast signals (including satellite or not, in your picture?)? Shortly after the twelfth of never, and that's a long long time.

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