Mobile services get souped-up for 2007

While this may sound as exciting as watching paint dry on David Gray, the knock-on effect for your common or garden gadget-lover will be a huge upsurg

While this may sound as exciting as watching paint dry on David Gray, the knock-on effect for your common or garden gadget-lover will be a huge upsurge in mobile services.The telecoms regulator plans to initially auction off 215MHz of frequency at the end of 2007, which will free up the airwaves for wireless developments including mobile broadband and WiMAX, as well as mobile multimedia, such as on-the-go TV services.And while David Dickinson will not be present when these particular assets go under the hammer, it’s expected that Vodafone and BT will be among the major players bidding for the new licences – a spokesperson for Ofcom said the move would ‘create new opportunities for innovation in wireless technologies’.This initial auction is part of a long-term plan to sell off some 400MHz, including all the analogue TV frequencies freed up by the digital switch – so expect a full expansion of your wireless wonderland in the not-too-distant future…

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