Monday, 23 March 2009

Orange wants to supply national broadband network

More interesting news today. Orange has generously offered to roll out national broadband network to meet the requirements for national 2Mbit/s broadband as laid out in the Interim Digital Britain report. In return it's looking for some of that juicy 900MHz spectrum that Vodafone and O2 have been keeping to themselves. This is just another example of the inevitable horse-trading that will take place over the next 12 months.

What Orange's offer has done is highlight that all of the spectrum issues that are being thrashed out at the moment (900 refarming, 2.6 awards, digital dividend) and wider discussions related to 'digital britain' are all massively interwoven. What's needed is a holistic approach.


  1. Maybe a holistic approach is needed. It appears that just letting market forces sort it out won't do the job. Is this another area where the orthodoxy of the last 3 decades is becoming open to question? (Maybe it always was, but no one would question it.)