WiMAX company gets Ofcom approval for mobiles

Ofcom has agreed to let the company that owns the 3.5GHz spectrum licence offer WiMAX services to mobiles in addition to the current services for homes and offices.

The company, UK Broadband, one of two in the UK to own the spectrum that WiMAX service runs on (Freedom4 being the other) has also been granted the right to boost the power of its signal for longer range transmission.

Ofcom said: "Removing restrictions on the licensee will benefit consumers, encourage competition, optimise use of the spectrum and is therefore in the interests of citizens and consumers. Ofcom also believes that the likelihood of interference to other users is low".

UK Broadband currently provides service to parts of the Thames Valley.