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November 7, 2014

Ofcom unveils plans for new spectrum auction

Ofcom has taken a further step towards releasing valuable new spectrum that could be used to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.
 
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May 13, 2014

Microsoft and partners announce new affordable access projects on four continents

TV white space technology further demonstrates social and economic impact and commercial feasibility.

Tuesday at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Accra, Microsoft announced new TV white space partnerships and projects on four continents, including its newest partnership with SpectraLink Wireless and Facebook to provide low-cost wireless connectivity to students and faculty at universities in Koforidua, Ghana. Globally, Microsoft is now involved in white spaces pilots in 10 countries.

TV white spaces, the unused portions of wireless spectrum in the frequency bands generally set aside for television transmissions, can be utilized for a range of applications [...]

 
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January 28, 2014

O2 raises its prices by two percent

O2 has raised its prices by two percent. The rise is in line with the Retail Price Index and will apply to customers who are on O2 before January 23rd.

That date was not chosen at random as it’s the date that Ofcom’s new rules about mid-contract price rises come in, allowing customers to cancel their contracts free of charge if bills are increased during the term of a contract. O2′s changes will take effect from March 1st but won’t apply to anyone who signed a contract on or after January 23rd as your plan will be governed by Ofcom’s new ruling.

O2′s also increasing the cost of out of bundle allowance charges, with calls going up from 35p to 40p per minute, SMS from [...]

 
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January 22, 2014

Ofcom secure Protection for consumers against unexpected mid-contract price rises

Ofcom has announced a victory for mobile customers regarding contracts and price hikes. The new guidelines, which take effect from tomorrow, will enable customers (consumers and small businesses) who take out landline, broadband or mobile contracts to terminate immediately without penalty, should the service provider increase the monthly subscription fee.

This move follows an Ofcom review into the fairness of contract price terms, which found that many consumers were caught off-guard by price hikes mid-contract when they were under the impression their subscription was locked at a fixed price. Ofcom states that should a provider wish to increase the monthly subscription fee [...]

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