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UK regulator announces plans to award mmWave spectrum

U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it will make millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum across the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands available for new mobile technologies, including 5G services.

In a release, the regulator noted that the award of this new spectrum could deliver significant benefits by enabling large wireless data capacity and speeds. It can be used to improve mobile services and deliver innovative new services across the U.K., Ofcom said.

Ofcom also said that the new spectrum will allow mobile operators to boost mobile services in locations and venues with a lot of mobile users, such as train stations, football stadiums and concerts.

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