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    Ofcom to Boost UK Base Station Power for 1800MHz Based 3G and 4G Mobile

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      Ofcom to Boost UK Base Station Power for 1800MHz Based 3G and 4G Mobile

      Ofcom to Boost UK Base Station Power for 1800MHz Based 3G and 4G Mobile - ISPreview UK
      The communications regulator has today proposed to boost the maximum permissible “base station transmit power” in the 1800MHz radio spectrum band for 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE / WiMAX) based Mobile Broadband and voice services by +3dB, which could improve coverage and capacity.

      It’s understood that Ofcom received requests from EE, Three UK, O2 (Telefσnica UK) and Vodafone to implement the power increase under the related Public Wireless Network licence(s). Ofcom noted that the 3dB boost could improve coverage, capacity, the ability to penetrate deeper into buildings and provide “flexibility to coverage and traffic management, load balancing and efficient handovers between different network layers

      Licences for use of the 1800 MHz band are held by:


      • O2: 1805.1 to 1810.9 MHz
      • Vodafone: 1810.9 to 1816.7 MHz
      • Three UK: 1816.7 to 1831.7 MHz
      • EE: 1831.7 to 1876.7 MHz

      Outcome of the 3dB boost:


      • 65 dBm per carrier for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System); and
      • 65 dBm per 5 MHz for LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access).

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      said, “We do not consider that allowing a higher maximum permitted base station transmit power will result in any detriment to competition or other spectrum use“. The regulator has now opened a consultation on the change, which is due to close on 30th May 2014.


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      Re: Ofcom to Boost UK Base Station Power for 1800MHz Based 3G and 4G Mobile

      I've always wondered how they justify increasing base-station power when the real issue is the return trip; from the phone to the tower. The towers are already putting out much power power than the phone is going to; if you can't reach in a building with the base tower...what makes you think the tower is going to be able to hear the signal coming back.

      I'll admit I don't understand fully how the 3G and 4G technologies work modulation wise; I know the antennas have a good bit of RX gain....so maybe there's enough to justify pumping up the power. But it seems silly to be able to pump coverage in to an area the tower can't hear you to begin with.
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      Re: Ofcom to Boost UK Base Station Power for 1800MHz Based 3G and 4G Mobile

      I can appreciate that point.

      I think the answer will be that batteries will drain a little more quickly when you are on the phone and the potential radiation to the brain will rise too due to a stronger signal.

      Of course there are several areas where the coverage is poor. In these areas I hope that it will improve enough to make it more worth while for people to be able to use their mobiles.

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