TV White-spaces

White spaces is the name given to parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular location and at a particular time. TV white spaces exist between airwaves primarily used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (470 MHz to 790 MHz).

Ofcom made regulations on 18 December 2015 which enable licence exempt use of white space devices in the 470 - 790 MHz band. The regulations came into force on 31 December 2015.

Additionally, on 25 September 2015, Ofcom published a statement confirming its decision to license manually configurable white space devices. This licensing regime is expected to become operational from February 2016.

For all TV White Spaces correspondence, please email us via our dedicated TV White Spaces inbox: TVWSManager@ofcom.org.uk

Page last updated: 14 January 2016