Low powered shared access to spectrum

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Dear Office of Communications,

The current Ofcom consultation on the 800MHz and 2.6GHz combined spectrum award includes proposals relating to low powered shared access to spectrum. These proposals are based on the results of a study undertaken by Real Wireless for Ofcom on "Low-power shared access to spectrum for mobile
broadband" (Ofcom Project MC/073). However, the Director - Technology of Real Wireless is also the Chairman of the Femto Forum (Simon Saunders), and at least one other member of its team has a position of responsibility in the Femto Forum (Stephen Priestman). The website of the Femto Forum describes its strategic goal as "global recognition of femto technologies as the de facto solution for mobile coverage in the home and to drive worldwide take-up of such technologies". Femto technology is a form of low power shared access to spectrum.

The following information is therefore requested:

1) What was the date on which Ofcom first discussed the possibility of a study on "Low powered shared access to spectrum" with Real Wireless?

2) What meetings and discussions (including e-mail exchanges) has Ofcom held with Real Wireless between that date and the date of publication of the report (18th March 2011)?
- Who from Real Wireless participated in these meetings and discussions?
- What matters were discussed?

3) What meetings and discussions (including e-mail exchanges) has Ofcom held with the Femto Forum between those dates?
- Who from the Femto Forum participated in these meetings and discussions?
- What matters were discussed?

This information can be supplied in the form of texts of emails or summary reports of meetings.

4) What actions did Ofcom take to ensure that the independence of the report that it commissioned was not influenced by the responsibilities of some of the Real Wireless team to further the interests of the Femto Forum?

Yours faithfully,

Alan Smithee

Information Requests, Office of Communications

Dear Mr Smithee,

Freedom of Information: Right to know request, reference: 1-179876451

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Dear Mr Smithee

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I am able to send some of the information by email and I will send this in due course.

Yours sincerely

:: Eleanor Berg
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:: Ofcom
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London SE1 9HA
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Dear Mr Smithee

Please find the covering letter to your Freedom of Information Request
attached.

I will now be sending you all the information by email so I will no longer
need your postal address.

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Yours sincerely

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:: Eleanor Berg
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:: Ofcom
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020 7981 3000
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:: Eleanor Berg
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:: Eleanor Berg
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:: Ofcom
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London SE1 9HA
020 7981 3000
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:: Eleanor Berg
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:: Ofcom
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020 7981 3000
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