UK Cell Spectrum Trading Plan Includes Antitrust Check

Law360, New York (February 3, 2011, 7:22 PM EST) -- The U.K.'s communications regulator has released a proposal that would allow cell phone operators to trade cellular spectrum and give the agency the power to stop a trade if it's deemed anti-competitive.

Ofcom's proposed policy, unveiled Wednesday, lets mobile operators trade the rights to spectrum, which carries information between mobile handsets and mobile masts, but includes a safeguard that would permit the agency to deny a trade if it believes the deal would distort competition.

“This is an important milestone in the modernization of spectrum management...
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