This document is a Statement on an updated Code of Practice on the management of transitional issues during the preparation for the clearance of the 700MHz spectrum band. It follows the Consultation published in July 2015.
In November 2014, Ofcom set out its decision and planned timescale to clear the 700MHz frequency band for mobile use. This band is currently used for digital terrestrial TV, programme making and special events, and TV White Spaces services. Clearance of the 700MHz band is due to be completed by 2022 or potentially up to two years sooner.
In order to achieve this transition, a programme of upgrading will take place on the UK's digital TV transmission infrastructure.
The updated Code of Practice is designed to ensure broadcasters and transmission companies make clear arrangements to keep any potential disruption to viewers and listeners to a minimum during the transition stage of 700MHz clearance.
Ofcom is publishing the updated Code of Practice alongside this Statement, which will come into immediate effect.