Mobile regulator Ofcom said it has revised annual fees for operators after receiving directions from the government to charge the full market value.
After consultation, Ofcom has decided that mobile operators in the UK will pay a combined total of $80.3 million for the 900MHz band and £119.3 million for the 1800MHz band.
That’s a total of £199.6 million a year.
The fees come into effect in two phases with the first half of the fees in effect on the 31st October 2015, and the second half into effect on 31st October 2016.
The regulator said that it conducted “detailed consultations” that considered factors including sums paid in the 4G auction and overseas spectrum auctions.
Ofcom had proposed fees in February this year but said that after consultation the fees for the 1800MHz band are three percent lower, and the fees for the 900MHz band are 24 percent lower.
Ofcom used the German auction which ended on the 19th June 2015 to provide evidence for market value for the spectra.
Notebook vendors who have the nerve to sell machines using high end hardware specs are going to have to pay Microsoft for the privilege.
According to a report in Taiwanese wire Digitimes, this is not making the vendors – such as HP, Dell, Acer, and Asustek very happy.
The notebook market is currently faltering as people move to smartphones and to tablets, and margins are already tight for the manufacturers.
But with Windows 10 due out at the end of July, the additional licensing fees that Microsoft will levy will leave the vendors between a rock and a hard place.
Prices are already at rock bottom for many models of Windows based notebooks and the only way the vendors can sell high end models is if they take the hit, as the world+dog won’t way to pay more than they need to for an already expensive machine.
Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for people using Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in a bid to move minds and hearts of a somewhat disillusioned user base.
The free upgrade will expire after a year, and Microsoft hasn’t yet indicated what it will charge people then.