Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Award of the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands

  • Start: 07 November 2014
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 23 January 2015

In this document we seek views on our proposals for conducting an auction of 190 MHz of radio spectrum being transferred from Ministry of Defence to civilian use.

We set out our proposals on auction design, technical and non-technical licence conditions and a competition assessment. We expect the auction to take place in late 2015 or early 2016.

We expect the spectrum, comprising frequencies in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, will be of interest to mobile network operators and others.

We invite those interested in bidding to a workshop as part of our consultation. The deadline for responses to this consultation is 5pm on Friday 23 January, 2015.


20|07|16

Following the European Commission’s decision to block the proposed acquisition of O2 by CK Hutchison (H3G), Ofcom intends to publish in the autumn a further consultation on competition measures and on specific aspects of auction design for the award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands.

27|07|15

Please note that responses to the document Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Award of the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands - statement and consultation are published here.

Erratum: 07|11|14

Footnote added to para 5.11

Statement and consultation published 26|05|2015

This document sets out Ofcom’s decisions on a number of issues connected with the award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands, including the auction design and process; the coexistence of new and existing uses of the frequencies to be awarded; and the licence conditions we will attach to the spectrum.

Additionally, the document seeks stakeholder views on options for proceeding with the award in light of changes to market circumstances. This includes the option of reducing the volume of spectrum to be awarded.

The award of 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands - Information Memorandum PDF, 1.6 MB
Information Memorandum published 26|10|2015

Public Sector Spectrum Release: Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands PDF, 967.4 KB
Statement and consultation published 26|05|2015

Bluetooth Performance with 2.3 GHz LTE Interference Report, Issue 5 PDF, 313.0 KB

Auctionomics Response to Three’s Filing Concerning the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz Auction PDF, 91.2 KB

Statement published 26|10|2015

This document sets out Ofcom’s decisions on outstanding issues connected with the award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. In particular, it sets 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.

Erratum: Paragraph 3.15 edited to correct an inaccuracy.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) - Competition and auction design issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum award, including reserve prices PDF, 142.8 KB


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