Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/04/26/ofcom_announces_new_mobile_carriers/

Eleven new UK GSM mobile carriers

Hold on, who on earth is CyberPress?

By Guy Kewney

Posted in Mobile, 26th April 2006 10:10 GMT

Ofcom has announced that it will award some "thin" mobile phone franchises in May; and the winners include - beside the usual suspects, a company called CyberPress. Is that Pipex?

The bidders are named in the 1781 awards list published today. Micro-cells are the most likely applications, and potential applications for these bands include private GSM networks in office buildings or campuses; most mobile phones operate at these frequencies, Ofcom said.

Dean Bubley at Disruptive Analysis said: "These are 'thin' low-power 1800MHz GSM spectrum licences, which could enable deployment of some innovative business models, using technologies like picocells for indoor cellular services, along with normal low-cost handsets."

Exactly what it will mean, is still far from clear, Bubley said. He listed his guesses as follows:

Bubley said in his blog that he was particularly fascinated by the appearance of a new bidder in the race: Cyberpress. That looks to be either a French-based media company, or a Pipex spinoff.

"Interestingly, it appears on the Pipex CEO's list of current directorships, though," Bubley said.

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