UK: DTI Opens up WLAN Spectrum Following Mason Study
Last Updated: 26 June 2002

(London) – The Department of Trade and Industry has confirmed that it will be proceeding to open up the Wireless local area network (WLAN) spectrum for commercial use following a five-month public consultation which included a study that it commissioned from Mason Communications.

The plans will allow licence-exempt 2.4 GHz WLAN’s to be operated commercially for the first time. There are already many private networks operating across the UK. However, this change offers telecom operators the opportunity to offer new public access services using this short-range technology, without the need for a WT Act licence.

Mason was appointed by the Radiocommunications Agency to conduct a study into strategies for the management of licence-exempt radio spectrum and provide recommendations on, inter alia, the use of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum. "The DTI has taken a proactive approach to this issue and we are delighted to see this issue being actioned so quickly," said Dave Mason, Chief Executive of Mason Group.

"Telecom Operators have been offered a new business opportunity. However, there remain a variety of strategic and technical options which need to be addressed by any organisation planning to offer commercial services" added Terry Flanagan, Telecoms Director at Mason.

There is little doubt that this will provide an encouraging stimulus to the telecoms industry. Mason believes that, in the first instance, operators will target the corporate market with commercial wireless LAN intranet and internet services, with wireless internet availability in shops and public areas through handheld devices, to follow.

About Mason

Mason is a leading, independent, European telecommunications & IT convergence consultancy providing business solutions to public and private sector organisations worldwide. Mason’s key services include: strategic & business planning; procurement & outsourcing, design & engineering, programme & project management, network optimisation and training courses.

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