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What comes after the mobile smart phone as we know it today? We’ve been talking to experts, reading what we can, and trying to imagine possible futures.

But we’re finding it very hard to gain a clear idea about what comes next. Many experts believe that we will get more of the same, such as an ever more powerful mobile phone that operates as a hub for multiple devices, ranging from keyboards to screens and other devices controlled by the hub*.

Issues over privacy and security will become even more critical to our lives

We are on the verge of the launch of 19 new local TV services across the UK. One of the challenges is how to squeeze more channels through an already congested infrastructure – networks and transmitters.

It is worth remembering that, although local TV is groundbreaking as far as the Broadcasting landscape is concerned in the UK, the technology is set firmly in the traditional TV domain although I do expect that in the fullness of time, we will see enhanced web based services too.

Behind Multiplexing Terminology
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4G services from operators other than EE could be up and running by next May, according to Ofcom.

The communications regulator has released details of the auction process for new 4G licnences, with the bidding process taking place in January.

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With the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, an unbelievable success in showcasing disability sport, I must once again congratulate Ofcom on the behind the scenes support of communications. No one person or organization wants to take too much credit for such a team effort, but Ofcom was an important member of that team by ensuring that such facilities as the wireless networks enabling cameras and instruments and phones to work so flawlessly.

Success is nobody knowing you were there


The largest ever auction of spectrum for mobile services in the UK is set to get under way by the end of 2012, Ofcom announced this week, laying the path for next-generation 4G networks to be rolled out next year.

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A Comms Review website has been launched by DCMS to invite professionals to comment on discussion papers written to inform the upcoming communications review seminars that are due take place through the summer.

The site is at: http://culture.gov.uk/news/news_stories/9156.aspx  If you have expertise in the issues of the review, please do consider this opportunity to comment.

DCMS seminars for Comms Review

Ofcom is recruiting up to six new members for the Committee which provides advice to Ofcom about the interests and opinions of people living in England and its diverse communities on communications matters including commercial television and radio broadcasting, postal services, telecoms and spectrum issues.

Your chance to contribute to a significant indusrty

The Advisory Committee for England has been following Ofcom’s preparations in supporting communication services for the Olympics.

While not the subject of much press attention, the scale of the challenge and the work undertaken on this project have been impressive. At a recent presentation we were shown a video which highlights the crucial, behind the scenes work that's being done to ensure the Olympics are a success. Watch it here.

Ofcom and the Olympics

What would allow people in rural areas to access all mobile phone networks?

You may have heard of roaming in the context of emergency calls on mobile phones. If you call 999 or 112 from your mobile it should get through if any network has reception in that area, regardless of your actual network provider. So, the question for many is, why can’t this be made possible for all calls?


Laura Alexander asks how we might make mobile roaming commonplace.
Laura Alexander

The Advisory Committee for Scotland has spent some time recently considering white space! White space, or interleaved spectrum, is just spare capacity available within the spectrum used to carry terrestrial television channels.
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