Mobile Spectrum in the UK

Over a hundred constituents raised concerns about the release of airwaves 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz.

Sharon White, Chief Executive of The Office of Communications (Ofcom) issued a letter in response to Stephen’s letter regarding the mobile spectrum in the UK.

Thank you for your letter of 4 January about Ofcom’s forthcoming auction of radio spectrum
in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands.
I agree with your constituents about the need for reliable, high quality, fairly priced mobile
services. The availability of spectrum plays an important role in helping to meet the rising
demand from businesses and customers for mobile connectivity.

Border visit in Georgia


Since the Russian Federation entered Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008, a European Union Monitoring Mission has been stationed in Georgia on the border. Parliamentarians from EU countries visit EUMM on a regular basis as this is the only such mission operating anywhere in the world despite the presence of militarised borders.

I do apologise for the utterly ridiculous hat but it is extremely cold in the South Caucasus in December, mind you seeing the EU act as the honest broker between Russia and Georgia makes me as proud as ever of our membership with the EU – long may it continue!