By Kyle Morris
The U.K.’s Office of Communications said Wednesday that it expects the rapid growth in demand for mobile services seen over the past decade to continue as demand for data-intensive services increases and that it is considering adapting its regulatory approach to meet the changing landscape.
The U.K. broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries regulator said mobile-network operators will continue to play a significant role, but that it also expects an increased role for other companies that provide mobile networks and mobile services.
No plans for any new consumer pricing rules are currently being considered, Ofcom said, adding that it would be ready to act if the need emerges.
Ofcom said it is clarifying its position on mobile consolidation and that it will move to clarify its future regulatory approach to support investment.
The future of radio spectrum–used for enabling wireless technology–is under consideration, it said. However, it added that existing and planned spectrum are likely to be broadly sufficient to meet future demand to 2030.
Ofcom is inviting comments on its plans by April 8 and further updates are planned later this year.
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