Release of 2010-2025 MHz
Statement published 16|02|11
1.1 This statement presents our conclusions to date following our consultation of 10 May 2010 (the May consultation) on the best way to release the spectrum at 2010-2025 MHz (the 2010 MHz band) for use. The spectrum is currently unused in the UK.
1.2 In the May consultation we sought views on the following.
- If wireless cameras were the only source of demand for the band, its optimal use in the short term would be secured by allocating it to Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE).
- If there were other sources of demand for the band, we would decide the best way to release it in the light of all the information available to us.
- Meanwhile, we would allow temporary use by wireless cameras.
- We would make the band available for use for wireless cameras during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in specific locations.
1.3 We received 7 non-confidential and 3 confidential responses. Some stakeholders confirmed demand for the band for wireless cameras and argued in favour of its allocation to PMSE but others produced evidence of demand for mobile broadband services, and argued implicitly or explicitly in favour of a competitive award. Evidence of demand for mobile services has also come from the German spectrum auction in May 2010, in which the 2010 MHz band was acquired for 5.7m.There was little support for making the band available on a licence-exempt basis.
1.4 These factors suggest that the opportunity cost associated with reserving the band for PMSE would be greater than we had supposed. Consequently, in line with our general approach to spectrum management, we now consider that it possible that it would be more beneficial to release the spectrum through a competitive award. The details of this award will be the subject of a future consultation.
1.5 There was broad agreement to our proposals for allowing temporary use of the band for PMSE pending a competitive award and to making the band available for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and we have therefore confirmed these proposals.
1.6 We will consult further on a detailed award process as soon as practicable. The earliest feasible date for an award of the 2010 MHz band is around 12 months from now, that is in Q1 2012. However, depending on the prioritisation of this work relative to our other spectrum management activities, the award may in practice take place later.
1.7 In the meantime, licences to access 2010-2025 MHz for PMSE use can now be obtained from JFMG . This access is on the same terms and conditions, including price, as other spectrum used by PMSE in the 2 GHz band.
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