UK Frees Millimeter Band

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Ofcom plans to open up more spectrum in the millimeter band for point-to-point wireless links, reports

The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK’s communications regulator, said the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands will be available for point to point fixed wireless systems (FWS) on a light licensed basis in the UK. The new spectrum could be used as alternatives to fibre-optic cable, with possible data speeds ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps over distances of one to two kilometres.

Ofcom said the spectrum – due to be made available from spring 2007 – will be licensed rather than auctioned, as demand for the frequencies is unlikely to exceed supply.

It will offer registration on a first come, first served basis, with licensees paying £50 per link per year. The licences will be tradeable and licence holders themselves will be responsible for managing any interference issues between links.

The FCC established rules to promote use of the millimeter wave spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands in 2003 (FCC’s Memorandum and Order (pdf). The FCC’s liberalized 70-90 GHz rules made the frequencies available for use in a broad range of new products and services, including high-speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks and broadband Internet access.

This is probably good news for GigaBeam (above) which makes 70 GHz gear. Google uses their point-to-point gear in their 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz radios to backhaul aggregatted hotspots.

Companies with gigabit wireless solutions include:

DailyWireless has more on the Millimeter Band including; 60GHz Comes Home, Tropos + GigaBeam, FirstAve/FiberTower Merger, Jump to Light Speed, 60 Ghz Long Shot, FCC Liberalizes 70-90 GHz, Gigabit WiFi, 60 GHz Radios, YDI Goes 24GHz, Dartmouth’s Triple Play, GigE to the Home – Wireless Next?, GigE WiMax?, More Gigabit Wireless and Re-animating Backhaul.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, November 10th, 2006 at 1:46 pm .

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