It’s all over the news and the web today about the winners of the 4G mobile broadband auction. Obviously for wireless microphone users, the auctioning of the 800MHz band to Mobile 4G is what has caused 1000’s of you to have to buy new wireless microphones. For many, it has meant digging deep in to their pockets during a recession and really was an expense they could have done without at these hard times.
Ofcom has raised £2.34bn from the auction however, the forecast was £3.5bn. This must have been a disappointment especially when you consider they raised £22bn back in 2000 when they auctioned for the 3G networks. The chief executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards is quoted on the BBC website as saying “we are in very, very different times”.
Everything Everywhere; Hutchison 3G UK; Niche Spectrum Ventures, a BT subsidiary; Telefonica (O2); and Vodafone were the winners of the auction and I expect we shall see them rolling out their services sooner rather than later.
For those Wireless microphone users that are still holding on to their channel 61-69 systems, remember you are now operating illegally and once these companies unleash their 4G services, you will be unable to use your systems without constant risk of problems. We at EAV can offer advice on which systems or licences are best for you. If you are unsure on whether your systems are legal or not, use our wireless microphone frequency checker tool and we will come straight back to you. We have a massive range of channel 38, fixed site frequency systems and digital wireless microphones. Feel free to drop us a line to discuss which systems are best for you.
Figures and quotes taken from the BBC website