Ofcom's Proposed Increase in Annual Licence Fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz Spectrum Threatens UK 4G Roll-Out, Says GSMA

   Ofcom's Proposed Increase in Annual Licence Fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz
                 Spectrum Threatens UK 4G Roll-Out, Says GSMA

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Jan. 23, 2014

LONDON, Jan. 23,2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer,
GSMA, offered the following statement regarding Ofcom's proposal to increase
annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands in the UK:

"The GSMA is concerned that Ofcom's proposal to more than quadruple annual
licence fees - from £24.8 million to £138.5 million for the 900MHz band and
from £39.7 million to £170.4 million for the 1800MHz - will jeopardise mobile
operators' ability to upgrade their networks for 4G services in the UK."

"According to a recent report by the GSMA ^[1] , Europe is lagging
significantly behind the U.S. in terms of deployment of next-generation
wireless infrastructure. 4G represented 19 per cent of U.S. connections
compared to less than two per cent in the EU at the end of 2013. However,
improvement in 4G deployment can only be realised with long-term investment
from the industry.

"Any lag in 4G roll-out could potentially put UK businesses at an
international disadvantage and deny consumers access to the latest mobile
services."

Notes to Editors ^[1] Mobile Wireless Performance in the EU and U.S. , GSMA
and Navigant Economics, May 2013

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