Ofcom to provide new spectrum bands

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Ofcom has increased the opportunities for broadband fixed wireless services.

It has published provisions for opening the 71-76GHz and 81-86GHz bands for licensed use. These applications could include very high capacity, point to point wireless networks. It could potentially be used as alternatives to fibre optic cable. Possible data speeds range from 1Gb per second to 10Gb per second over distances of 1-2 kilometres. The bands are planned to be made available from spring 2007. The band's properties of high bandwidth combined with narrow beam signal technology mean that a very large number of broadband users could co-exist without interference.

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