Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (White Space Devices) (Exemption) Regulations 2015


About this document

This document confirms that Ofcom has made the Wireless Telegraphy (White Space Devices) (Exemption) Regulations 2015. These regulations enable licence exempt use of white space devices in the UHF TV band and give effect to a decision announced in February 2015.

'White spaces' are gaps in the radio spectrum in frequency bands, which can be used to offer new wireless applications to benefit consumers and businesses. The white spaces covered by the draft regulations are in frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV and wireless microphones, among other services, in the 470 - 790 MHz spectrum band. Use of white space devices would be permitted on the basis that the devices meet certain technical conditions.

To avoid harmful interference being caused to existing spectrum users, devices will need to communicate with databases which will apply rules, set by Ofcom, to put limits on the power levels at which devices can operate.

The regulations come into effect on 31 December 2015.