Ofcom has given details of the release of spectrum between 1452 and 1492MHz. The segment known as the L-band is often associated with mobile television, but the properties of the range also make it suitable for digital satellite radio, broadband wireless access and mobile high speed internet.
The regulator has set a provisional deadline for applications of April 10, 2008 with the accompanying online auction likely to start at the end of the month.
The controversial spectrum auction is part of a wider programme to release around 400MHz of what Ofcom itself describes as “prime spectrum” that will be freed as part of the so-called digital dividend.
Once acquired it will be possible for the spectrum to be traded between operators.