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Statement on the making of regulations in connection with the award of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands

Published 12|11|12


1.1 This Statement sets out our decisions in relation to the drafting of the statutory instrument which gives effect to the policy decisions we have made in connection with the award of wireless telegraphy licences for the use of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands.

1.2 In July 2012 Ofcom published three documents. They were

  • The statement setting out our policy decisions in relation to the auction ("the Auction Statement");
  • Notice of our proposal to make regulations in connection with the award of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands ("the Notice"); and
  • Information Memorandum on the award of the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands ("the Information Memorandum").

1.3 The matters set out in those documents, including the policy decisions in the Auction Statement, were made following consideration of all the responses that were made to the various consultations that had previously been carried out.

1.4 We have carefully considered the responses that have been made to the Notice, and have now made the statutory instrument setting out the award regulations ("the Regulations") and submitted it for registration and publication. It will come into force on 23 November 2012.

1.5 We have decided that the provisional date for the submission of applications should be Tuesday 11 December. We will publish the final date and times on our website after the Regulations have come into force. The relevant section of our website is at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/spectrum/spectrum-awards/awards-in-progress/

1.6 We have also published an Update to the Information Memorandum alongside this statement.

1.7 We expect to publish Guidance notes for the auction in the next few days.

1.8 We intend to hold a seminar on the auction rules and procedures for this award before the application date, and mock auctions in the weeks commencing 26 November and 3 December.

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