Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bandwidth Squeeze!

Whoop! Whoop! Dot.Nerd alert!

For those of you who don't know, here in dear old blighty we're all being forced to buy new fangled Digital Telly's. Why? because the suits in Westminster have decided to flog off part of the radio-spectrum traditionally used to date to broadcast the (analogue) TV signal.....they're actually selling radio waves! unbelievable!

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans to sell a chunk of radio spectrum for new broadband and mobile services. Plans have been released for a gradual switch-over to digital TV, with all regions 'on line' by 2012. The sale, which could be completed by the end of 2007, will see 215 megahertz (MHz) of frequency sold - the largest single sale of radio spectrum to date. Ofcom said the spectrum could be put to a range of uses, such as in high-speed broadband and mobile TV services and that the move (which is expected to raise large sums for the government) "would fuel innovation and competition in wireless products."

"Releasing more spectrum to the market will create new opportunities for innovation in wireless technologies, promoting competition and driving convergence," said Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.

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