Statement published 9 Mar 2017
We present in this document our decision to proceed with our proposals to extend Wi-Fi access in the 5 GHz band to an additional 125 MHz (5725 to 5850, the ‘5.8GHz band’).
In order to give effect to our decision, we invite stakeholders’ views on draft Regulations (‘the Proposed Regulations’) to allow licence exempt use of the frequencies in the 5.8 GHz band.
We are also consulting on the technical conditions which manufacturers of equipment such as smartphones, tablets and laptops would have to comply with, in order to benefit from licence exempt use of this spectrum. These technical conditions form part of the Proposed Regulations.
We also present guidance on how these technical conditions might be implemented in practice, in the form of a Voluntary National Specification.