The London 2012 Games, 27 July to 9 September 2012

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the world's largest sporting events, with around 14,500 athletes from over 200 nations. They attract around 20,000 accredited media, millions of spectators and require up to 70,000 volunteers

As part of the UK's bid to hold the 2012 Games, the UK Government guaranteed the allocation of the spectrum required for the organisation of the Games. Ofcom was responsible for managing spectrum for the Games, in accordance with the Government’s guarantees. This involved: 

  1. Organising a full spectrum plan: Spectrum Plan for the London 2012 Games
  2. Arranging all the spectrum licences in good time in support of the plan.
  3. Resolving harmful interference caused by or to spectrum use associated with the London 2012 Games.
  4. Implementing processes suitable for the high level of demand expected during the Games.

Development of the spectrum plan involved significant consultation with key stakeholders. Links the consultations and statements are below. If you have any queries regarding these, please contact us.

Ofcom and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - Publication date: 18 December 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games: media consumption - Research Report: 18 December 2012

Ofcom consults on spectrum for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - 23 July 2012

Guide To Radio Spectrum (5mb) - 21 April 2012

Olympics Torch Relay Operational Plan - 17 May 2012

Site engineering code of practice - April 2012

Important guidance for customers - applying for Radiocommunication Licences during the Olympic Games

Special Callsigns for UK Amateur Radio Stations during 2012

The Spectrum Plan  for the London 2012 Games: final update - 24 February 2012

Reserving the 2.6 GHz band for the London 2012 Games - 10 December 2010

The Spectrum Plan for the London 2012 Games: An Update - 18 October 2010

Statement on The Spectrum Plan for the London 2012 Games - 19 October 2009

Consultation on Ofcom's proposals on how to manage the airwaves during the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - 27 May 2009


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It is unlawful for anyone to use wireless telegraphy equipment in the UK without an authorisation to do so. This authorisation normally takes the form of a spectrum licence.

Ofcom, in cooperation with LOCOG, provided spectrum licensing regime specifically for Olympic Family members. Ofcom also recognised the importance to the Games of providing spectrum access to other stakeholders (such as non-rights holding broadcasters).