New players help to boost broadband connections, John Whittingdale supports Channel 4 privatisation and Ofcom push to clear 700MHz for mobile data by 2020 : DTG Daily News March 15th

New players help to boost broadband connections

A recent report from IHS for the UK telecommunications sector suggests that new players in the high-speed broadband market are helping to boost connections. It's estimated that over the next five years, connections in the UK will increase by 70%, from almost 9million in 2015 to over 15.5 million by 2020.

“While BT is working on expanding superfast services using VDSL (FTTC) and G.Fast, alternative operators have entered the market using FTTP to increase their coverage,” said Fiona Vanier, senior analyst at IHS Technology.

New player CityFibre, founded in January 2011, now owns and operated 618km of local access networks in over 50 UK towns.

John Whittingdale supports Channel 4 privatisation

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has expressed his support for privatising Channel 4 in a recent interview with The Sunday Times.

Claiming the more would liberate the broadcaster he continued, “I would argue that Channel 4 is being restrained by not being privatised,” he said. “It means it has less deep pockets.”

This follows David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4, sharing his views o the situation last week, claiming that the government has left the broadcaster in "a state of suspended anticipation"

Ofcom push to clear 700MHz for mobile data by 2020

UK regulator Ofcom have revealed their aim to clear the 700MHz frequency band in the UK for use by mobile data services no later than the second quarter of 2020. They said analysis suggests that benefits to users would be greater if the spectrum were available at an earlier date than the original date of 2021.

This would align the UK with European Commission proposals that more spectrum should be available for mobile services.

Ofcom has now launched a consultation process to accelerate the clearance of the 700MHz band, currently used by digital terrestrial TV (DTT) services. These documents will set out proposals which would enable Ofcom to bring forward the point a which this spectrum is nationally available for mobile data by up to 18 months.

DTG Staff  |  15.03.2016

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