April 2, 2014

Improved 4G Capacity and Coverage within 1800MHz Band

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Ofcom has published a 33 page consultation paper called Variation of 1800 MHz mobile licences.

The paper has been produced in response to requests from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to increase the amount of power they can emit from base stations powering the 1800MHz frequency band, which is one of three bands used for 4G services. The others being 800MHz and 2.6GHz.

The operators are asking for an additional power capacity of +3dB and if approved will offer improved 4G coverage and capacity and would apply to both indoor and outdoor coverage. There are other benefits associated with traffic management and load balancing, which could mean higher download speeds in some circumstances.

The closing date for responses is 30th May this year and if approved mobile operators can commence making changes at a date to be set by Ofcom.

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  • Russ

    I know that Vodafone and O2 do have a relatively small allocation of the 1800MHz frequency, usually only found in cities to increase capacity of their 2G networks, but I didn’t think that either of them had enough to use with 4G as your article infers, so if that’s the case, this power increase would benefit only their 2G.
    If anyone knows a little more about this to the contrary, it’d be interesting to know :)

  • Kevin Thomas

    From the Ofcom report
    Licences for use of the 1800 MHz band are held by:
    • Telefónica O2 1805.1 to 1810.9 MHz
    •Vodafone: 1810.9 to 1816.7 MHz
    •H3G: 1816.7 to 1831.7 MHz
    •EE: 1831.7 to 1876.7 MHz

    “This consultation sets out our proposal to increase the maximum permissible base station transmit power (e.i.r.p.) in the 1800 MHz Public Wireless Network licences by 3 dB to 65 dBm per carrier for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and 65 dBm per 5 MHz for Long Term Evolution (LTE)…”