Tag Archives: Ofcom

UK 4G auction reserve prices proposed, process continues (slowly)

Regular blog readers will be familiar with the long-running saga of the UK 4G auctions. (If you are looking for a speed read, these Ofcom media briefing slides give a rose-tinted view of the current status). On Tuesday this week Ofcom published a … Continue reading

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Behavioral economics to the fore as Ofcom bans automatic contract renewals

Following consultation on its earlier proposals, last week Ofcom confirmed that it would update General Condition 9 so as to prohibit contracts that automatically renew at the end of their initial term for additional periods from being offered to residential … Continue reading

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UK first European country to permit use of white space spectrum

On 1 September 2011, Ofcom published a statement outlining its intention to permit the use of white space spectrum in some of the the bands currently used for TV (470-790 MHz). Ofcom’s policy will be implemented through a statutory instrument … Continue reading

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CAT considers dispute resolution whilst Ofcom publishes annual communications market review

Regular readers will have noticed that this blog has been rather quiet of late. Normal service will be resumed in September – for now my energies are being directed into writing up some original research on mobile money as well as … Continue reading

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Ofcom publishes statutory backing for new PhonepayPlus rules

The watcher has been a bit quiet recently – caused by a combination of a business trip to Singapore and a holiday. Despite the holiday period there has been a lot going on including:  yesterday’s UK case on site blocking; the EU … Continue reading

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Ofcom introduce spectrum leasing

Last week Ofcom published its conclusions from its earlier consultation on simplifying spectrum trading by introducing spectrum leasing. The concept is best explained through a couple of pictures from the Ofcom statement: Existing spectrum trading: New spectrum leasing: The pictures demonstrate … Continue reading

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‘White-spaces’ wi-fi trial in TV spectrum

A consortium including Microsoft, BBC, BT and BSkyB today announced a trial of the use of white-space spectrum for wireless broadband. The trial, mirroring a US trial on Microsoft’s Seattle campus, will start on Wednesday. In contrast to existing licence exempt … Continue reading

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UK 2G and 3G licences to become tradable from 4 July

Ofcom yesterday finalised proposals to enable trading of 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz spectrum licences (currently held by mobile network operators and used to provide 2G and 3G services). Ofcom has adopted its draft proposal to make trades … Continue reading

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Ofcom consults on exercising discretion to not order repayment in LLU dispute

Last week Ofcom started a consultation in relation to LLU charges in which is intending to not exercise its discretion to order repayment of overcharges. The circumstances in which repayment is ordered is currently a very live issue with BT, the regulator Ofcom and … Continue reading

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Ofcom issue revised penalty guidelines

Ofcom today issued revised guidelines on the penalties they may impose on those breaching rules policed by Ofcom. The new guidelines replace prior guidelines dating from 2003 and apply to a rag-bag of over 40 potential contraventions, although significantly not … Continue reading

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