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Ofcom clears the way for satellite-based earth stations to deliver faster in-flight broadband

Ofcom clears the way for satellite-based earth stations to deliver faster in-flight broadband

The UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has cleared the way for faster in-flight broadband on commercial aircraft. Ofcom has cleared the plan for airlines and other transportation operators to use "earth stations" that are satellite based to deliver in-flight broadband that is ten times faster than what is currently available on commercial aircraft.

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Ofcom, Google, Microsoft, others launch visionary “white space” exploration

Ofcom, Google, Microsoft, others launch visionary “white space” exploration

Ofcom, the U.K. counterpart to the U.S.'s FCC, has commenced the largest exploration of "white space" frequencies the world has ever seen. Google, Microsoft, Spectrum Bridge, and upwards of 17 other private and public organizations over the next six months will test a wide variety of white space applications, including rural broadband delivery, HDTV broadcasting, automobile traffic management, early flood assessments, utility monitoring, and the "Internet of things" (a.k.a. machine-to-machine or M2M). The experiments will blaze a trail for future white space applications in "smart cities", environmental management, medical telemetry, and personal electronics like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems.

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Ofcom delays UK LTE spectrum auction to “early 2013″

Ofcom delays UK LTE spectrum auction to “early 2013″

LTE continues to expand throughout the United States and in many countries around the world, but the UK is still waiting on Ofcom to give the go-ahead on the necessary spectrum auction to support the technology. The communications watchdog has this morning announced that the spectrum bidding will be pushed back slightly, from the end of this year to “early 2013.” The delay in the spectrum auction ultimately means consumers will be waiting even longer for LTE to hit the UK.

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Ofcom plans to scrap 0800 charges for UK mobile phones

Ofcom plans to scrap 0800 charges for UK mobile phones

You’ll recognize toll-free numbers as an 1-800 number, and in the UK there isn't a huge difference, with freephone numbers beginning 0800. While those numbers are free to call from pay phones (remember those?) and landlines, network operators charge a fee to call 0800 numbers from cell phones. They don’t come out of your included minutes, either. The UK regulator Ofcom has now announced that charges for calling 0800 numbers from cellphones will be scrapped under a new proposal.

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Ofcom delays decision on Everything Everywhere LTE network

Ofcom delays decision on Everything Everywhere LTE network

Ofcom is a regulator over in the UK the overseas things having to do with the mobile ecosystem. The regulator has announced that it is delaying its decision on whether or not to approve Orange and T-Mobile's Everything Everywhere LTE network proposal. Ofcom granted LTE network preliminary approval previously and then gave competitors until April 17 to voice any issues.

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