Bill Ray writes in The Register: UK regulator Ofcom has published the list of approved bidders for the forthcoming L-Band spectrum (1452-1492MHz). One bidder is WorldSpace. It has already bought the rights to the upper (12.5MHz wide) block in Switzerland Germany and Italy, and is confident it’ll grab it in the UK too.
Part of WorldSpace’s confidence is based on the Maastricht 2002 Plan, which allocates that top block to satellite radio across Europe. Unfortunately for WorldSpace, the UK is not a signatory to that agreement, so not bound by it, though anyone operating in the top block will not be protected (legally) from interference coming from WorldSpace’s broadcasts which cover most of the continent.
(Source: The Register)