News: UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said that it will allow 4G refarming in the 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,100MHz bands. The decision follows a consultation on proposals to modify licences related to the use of the aforementioned bands in the country. The regulatory body will also increase the maximum permitted power in the 900MHz licences by 3dB. Additionally, a number of terms and conditions in these concessions will be revised by the watchdog in order to align them more closely with the equivalent terms and conditions in the lately awarded 800MHz and 2.6GHz licences.
BMI View: The decision would enable the regulatory body to cater to the rising demand for 4G service in the UK. BMI estimates that there will be 49.7mn 3G/4G subscribers in 2013 and expects the total to rise 20.1% by 2017 to 59.8mn. During this period the 3G/4G mobile penetration will rise from 63.2% to 74%.