Ofcom changes UK Broadband's licence

Ofcom changes UK Broadband's licence

Company will be able to offer internet connections to mobile devices

Ofcom has announced its decision to amend the radio spectrum licence held by UK Broadband Ltd.

The change will allow the company to offer internet connections to portable or mobile devices as well as to fixed locations across the UK.

UK Broadband's current licence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act permits it to operate fixed wireless broadband access in the 3.5GHz band.

The company had asked Ofcom to change its licence to make it technology and application neutral, giving it greater flexibility over how it can use the radio spectrum. It also sought an increase in its permitted power levels.

"Ofcom believes that removing restrictions on the licensee will benefit consumers, encourage competition and optimise use of the spectrum," the watchdog stated.

"It is therefore in the interests of citizens and consumers, and the likelihood of interference to other users is low."