Ofcom is claiming that the value generated by Britain’s radio spectrum has risen 50 per cent in the last four years and now brings in over £42 billion.
The fastest growth area was in public mobile phones, with a 51 per cent increase in value to 21.8 billion, with radio broadcasting the second most important technology with growth rates of nearly 30 per cent.
“Spectrum is a finite natural resource that underpins broadcasting, fixed and wireless telecommunications as well as essential services such as defence, transport, the emergency services and healthcare,” said Ofcom in a statement.
“Consumers are demanding and using more wireless services; and communications companies are responding to that demand with new products and services. Today’s report also highlights the growing value that consumers and businesses derive from spectrum.”
Despite strong marketing campaigns the influence on WiMax wireless broadband has been negligible and is estimated to be worth around one per cent of the total market. Confusion over standards and a lack of hardware have held the technology back.
Meanwhile, the importance of satellite radio links has declined in importance and value, the only area of the spectrum to do so apart from amateur and citizen’s band radio.
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