WiMAX Forum calls for release of 2.6GHz spectrum

The WiMAX Forum is backing current UK government plans to release 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum for mobile use.

In a statement the Forum said: “Following years of uncertainty and deliberations leading to the publication of the Digital Britain Report and the Independent Spectrum Broker’s Report, we congratulate the government in establishing what we believe to be the best possible compromise meeting the needs of government, industry and the people.”

The WiMAX Forum says the UK should release part of the 2.6GHz spectrum before it makes a combined release of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum. Currently, the UK government plans to tell Ofcom to auction a 50MHz block of the 2.6GHz band for TDD, before a combined auction for the remaining spectrum.

“The auction of new spectrum will speed up the deployment of next-generation mobile broadband, benefiting consumers across the country,“ said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum.

The Forum wants Parliament to approve the move so that Ofcom can release the 2.6 GHz TDD spectrum in 2010.

It says more than 115 million people in Europe are covered by 153 WiMAX deployments, nod that there are more than 559 WiMAX deployments worldwide.

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