PA Consulting secures Ofcom contract to predict UK spectrum shortages


PA Consulting Group, the leading international management, systems and technology consultancy, has recently been awarded an Ofcom contract to predict spectrum availability across the UK over the next 15 to 20 years.

In this nine month study, PA will design and build a model capable of evaluating a number of future scenarios, between now and 2025, for spectrum demand. The future scenarios will assess spectrum demand based on growth of cellular technologies and demand for High Definition TV. It will also look at the ability of current voice, data and broadcast networks to respond to that demand which could include changes in technology, such as growth of femtocell and other technologies.

PA secured the contract on the strength of its technology insight, combined with its innovative and flexible modelling capability, and an understanding of how demand arises across the communications and media industries. It will set up a panel of industry experts from the mobile, broadcast and fixed wireless access communities who will validate the findings of the study, which are due for submission to Ofcom in February 2009.

The University of Surrey (Department of Economics) will join with PA to provide the data, whichwill be used to forecast the likely patterns of demand for wireless communications up to the year 2025, with a primary focus on mobile, broadcast and fixed services.

Phil White, Head of Wireless Technology and a Member of PA’s Management Group comments: ‘Spectrum is a finite and valuable resource. It is important for the development of new and innovative services that Ofcom can continue to manage the spectrum efficiently to meet successfully the increasing demands for wireless communication in the UK over the next decade.’

Through its Wireless Technology expertise, PA Consulting Group is the leading supplier of end-to-end solutions for the wireless industry. PA's technology-led consultancy solutions for 3G operators range from strategy development and business planning through to services creation, network design and roll-out management. PA supports vendors directly through the provision of contract design of infrastructure and handset products, marketing and bidding support and infrastructure element design.

1. About PA Consulting Group

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2. About Ofcom

Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Ofcom has a statutory duty to ensure the optimal use of the spectrum For further information go to


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