BT’s mobile business, EE, has finalised new 5G spectrum holdings following the conclusion of the second, assignment stage of Ofcom’s auction and will start to launch some of the new spectrum into the 5G network immediately. EE won 80MHz overall of the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands that were on offer in the auction.
Ofcom has confirmed that the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz frequency bands have been awarded by auction. The frequency bands are likely to be used by mobile network operators to deliver a range of services, including 5G mobile.
Ofcom has confirmed how it will regulate the wholesale telecoms markets used to deliver broadband, mobile and business connections in the UK, for the next five years and beyond.
Ofcom has appointed Elizabeth Partyka as the new Chair of its Advisory Committee for Scotland, and Gerry Crawley as a new member. Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Scotland provides advice to Ofcom about the interests and opinions of people living in Scotland on all communications matters.
Following an Ofcom rule change in 2015, customers switching between providers such as BT, Sky and TalkTalk on Openreach’s copper network can already follow a process where their new provider manages the switch. But others are still left facing extra hassle to switch.
New Ofcom research has revealed the challenges and tough choices many telecoms customers are facing this year, with more action needed from industry to support customers in financial difficulty.
Ofcom has today fined BT £6.3m after its network division failed to give a rival company the same information as BT’s own bid team during the tender for a public sector telecoms contract in Northern Ireland in 2017/18.
Mobile phone companies in the UK are to be banned from selling ‘locked’ handsets, under a range of new rules from Ofcom, that will make switching networks even simpler.
Ofcom has published a guide to the new regulatory requirements for when it takes on the role of regulating UK-based video-sharing platforms (VSPs).