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UK regulator Ofcom has published a statement suggesting two new blocks of unlicensed spectrum, 59-64 GHz and 102-105 GHz, be reserved for unlicensed use before anyone works out how to make money out of them. The popularity of 2.4GHz, which is unlicensed and is used for a multitude of applications including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi …


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  1. Paul R
    Black Helicopters


    Find who ever wrote this paper, and fire them. They're obviously too competent and forward thinking to work for OfCom!

  2. Steve
    Paris Hilton

    Giving away Spectrum?

    But....but....who will defend us from the Mysterons?!?!

    Yeah, I know. Coat, hat, etc etc. Give a po' man a break!

    Seriously though, there has to be a Paris Hilton angle here. Somewhere.

  3. Alan

    Giving away Spectrum?

    Would that be a rubber keyed 16k jobbie, or a 48k Spectrum+? Can I have a Commodore 64 instead?

  4. Martin Usher

    Some more lower frequencies would be nice

    As everyone discovered with 11a there's a point where the wavelength gets so small that a typical room or office is just a mess of dead spots. So while more free spectrum would be welcome the best place to get it from would be from redundant UHF TV bands, not much higher frequencies. These frequencies are more user friendly and they're easily designed into low cost technologies.

    The thing that's nice about the ISM (2.4GHz) band is that its such a lousy piece of crowded spectrum that its forced the mass production of incredibly sophisticated radios. If we used the rest of the spectrum that efficiently we'd have loads of room to work with.

  5. Edward Rose

    @ Martin

    There's a good reason why the useful, valuable bands aren't given away for free.

    And, to be fair, it's good of them to be giving away the more useless parts of the spectrum.

    Anywho, giving away the lower frequencies wouldn't be of any benefit to us. We wouldn't be able to make stuff for it. And it's too low bandwidth for anything other than piping music or voice around (Well, video too but power and bandwidth restrictions would degrade quality a fair bit).

    Now lets see if their website can be made useful by giving it a clear sane logical layout.

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