Vodafone, Hutchison to Buy L-Band UK Wireless Spectrum From Qualcomm

Vodafone, Hutchison to Buy L-Band UK Wireless Spectrum From Qualcomm Image Credit: Vodafone

Qualcomm today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS), has agreed to sell the entirety of its UK L-Band spectrum (1452 – 1492 MHz) in two separate transactions with Vodafone UK and Hutchinson UK. Both transactions involve 20 MHz of the L-Band spectrum that is ideal for supporting mobile broadband services through the Supplemental Downlink (SDL) technology.

Harmonized and mandated for mobile broadband by the European Union in May 2015, the L-Band spectrum can be deployed as means of meeting the global demand for increased mobile data traffic. With the SDL technology, the L-Band spectrum helps mobile network operators to cater for more downlink centric services such as video on-demand, enabling rich services to be delivered seamlessly to mobile devices over a cellular data connection, even as data traffic levels continue to increase. The downlink user experience achieved via the SDL technology can be further enhanced with aggregation with the licensed Frequency-Division Duplexing (FDD) spectrum, according to Qualcomm. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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