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Mobile Phones: Radio Frequencies

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns Conservative, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to revising the licence fees for the 900 MHz spectrum for fourth generation mobile communications technology; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Ofcom sets the level of the licence fees payable for this spectrum, following due process. Part of the Direction from Government to Ofcom in December 2010 was to liberalise this spectrum for 3G services and to revise the fees payable for spectrum at 900MHz and 1800MHz, following the combined auction of the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands. Ofcom are obliged to take into account the value of the spectrum auctioned when setting the revised fees for the former bands.

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