UK ops clear to re-farm 2G spectrum

Ofcom will allow carriers to utilize 2G spectrum for 3G services, bringing the UK in-line with European Commission rules on frequency liberalization.
The regulator implemented the change yesterday, claiming it will deliver immediate benefits to consumers in addition to complying with two EC directives – the GSM Directive and associated Radio Spectrum Decision.
Consumer benefits include better in-building coverage, higher quality, and greater network capacity, and the move should also boost the availability of wireless Internet services in rural areas.
Ofcom stated in October that liberalizing 2G spectrum is unlikely to distort competition in the market, in advice presented to the country’s government.