This page provides information about a number of bands that Ofcom may seek to award in the future.
In addition to the PSSR programme, including the award of 2.3 and 3.4 spectrum bands, we are planning to release the 700 MHz band (694 to 790 MHz). This spectrum is currently used to deliver DTT services in the UK. However, in the future, this spectrum will be made available for mobile services:
- In February 2012, the World Radio Communications Conference (WRC-12) decided the 700 MHz band would be allocated on a co-primary basis for broadcast and mobile broadband use. This new allocation would be effective in ITU Region 1 (which includes Europe, Africa and parts of the Middle East) immediately after the next WRC in 2015 on completion of the relevant technical studies.
- In November 2014, Ofcom published a statement setting out plans to release the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband. The decision will allow mobile network operators to delivery mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for DTT. The objective is to enable spectrum to be used nationwide for mobile services by the start of 2022, and possibly up to two years sooner.
We are also exploring the possibility of releasing the 700 MHz band for mobile use on a region-by-region basis as we clear it of DTT uses