Awards in Progress

2.3 and 3.4 GHz award

Key documents for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award

On the 3rd December 2015, Ofcom published an update on the public sector spectrum release relating to our decision to delay commencing the auction process until the European Commission has announced its decision as to whether the proposed merger between Telefonica UK Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited is compatible with the common market.


As part of our strategy to increase the total amount of spectrum available and support the growing demand for wireless services that will deliver wider consumer and citizen benefits, we are moving forward with plans to award 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands. This forms part of the Government's commitment to release 500 MHz of spectrum under 5 GHz from the public to the private sector by 2020.

2.3 and 3.4 GHz award - stakeholder Q&A We will publish our response to any relevant questions we receive on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award for stakeholders on this Q&A page.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make a limitation order in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands Consultation published 28|10|2015

The award of 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands - Information Memorandum Information Memorandum published 26|10|2015

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make regulations in connection with the award of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum Consultation published 26|10|2015.
This document sets out proposed Regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. The proposed Regulations give effect to the policy decisions set out in the statements published in May and October 2015.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) - Competition and auction design issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum award, including reserve prices Statement published 26|10|2015.
This document set out Ofcom’s decisions on outstanding issues connected with the award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. In particular, it set out our decision to proceed with an auction of all the newly available spectrum without imposing spectrum caps, and our decision on the reserve prices that will apply to spectrum awarded in the auction.

Public Sector Spectrum Release: Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands: statement and further consultation Statement and consultation published 26|05|2015
In May we published a document setting out our final decisions on technical coexistence issues and on a number of aspects of auction design and process. The document was also a further consultation on alternative competition measures in light of mergers in the mobile market.

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands: Update on the coexistence of 2.3 GHz LTE with Wi-Fi in the 2400 to 2483.5 MHz range and other coexistence issues Update published 03|12|2014
This document set out further analysis of potential coexistence issues between new mobile broadband services in the 2.3 GHz band and Wi-Fi and other services in the neighbouring 2.4 GHz band.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Award of the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands Consultation published 07|11|2014
This consultation covered a range of issues, including more detailed proposals on auction design and process, and on the technical and non-technical licence conditions we intend to apply. It also included our assessment of competition issues pertaining to a UK mobile network market with four national wholesalers.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Technical coexistence issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award Consultation published 19|02|2014
This consultation set out our proposals for addressing the coexistence of LTE with users of adjacent spectrum bands, and included our assessment of the potential for interference between 2.3 GHz LTE and users of the licence exempt 2.4 GHz band including Wi-Fi. We also considered other coexistence issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award, including issues for medical devices, satellites and radar.

2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum award: Consultation on a 3.4 GHz band plan, varying UK Broadband Limited’s licence and a call for inputs on other aspects of the award Consultation published 16|10|2013
We published a consultation on a band plan for the 3.4 GHz spectrum and a ‘Call for Inputs’ to stakeholders on a range of issues including aspects of auction design; spectrum packaging; competition issues; coverage obligations; and ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ clauses