Ofcom has given details of its plans for the release of spectrum in the so-called white spaces between digital TV signals after switchover. It follows last week’s announcement on the award of cleared spectrum that will become available after analogue switch off.
The new consultation covers the geographical white spaces that will exist between transmitter areas. The capacity can be used for new low power services including national or local broadcasts, special events and possibly mobile TV or mobile broadband.
The first white space will be released early next year in Carlisle, Cardiff and Manchester. Later phases will offer combined spectrum, allowing national services, with the final awards being made in 2011.
Users would be able to decide themselves which technology they use and the licences would be tradeable.
The consultation will close on August 21.