TV White-spaces

Ofcom has published consultation proposals for authorising certain types of white space devices (WSD) on a licensed basis (27/02). This consultation has now closed. Further updates will be posted here in due course.

This follows publication of a statement outlining our policy decisions on implementing TV white spaces and a draft Interface Requirement and draft statutory instrument for device licence exemption.

White spaces are 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). The statement follows completion of coexistence and framework testing, policy development and industry trials (some ongoing).

Ofcom is aiming for the framework authorising commercial use of white space technology to be in place by the end of 2015 which will enable the use of new wireless applications to benefit consumers and businesses across the country.

Next Steps

Section 11 of the statement outlines our detailed next steps - and progress on those steps will be available on this page and in the sections below.

  • The first meeting of the refocused Technical Working Group was held on Thursday 23rd April. Dates for future meetings will be posted here once they are finalised.

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