Statement: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands


Statement on final regulations published 4 November 2020

We are preparing to award spectrum licences in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands. The spectrum will enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage, and to support new wireless technologies, including 5G – the latest generation of mobile services.

On 13 March 2020, we published a statement setting out our decisions for the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz frequency bands. At the same time, we published a final draft of the regulations which would implement our decisions. We have now made the regulations which implement those decisions.

We will now proceed with our preparations to hold the auction as soon as it is reasonably practicable to do so in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will work with all interested bidders to ensure the auction can proceed in a secure and safe way. In light of the practical steps that we need to take in this regard, we are aiming for a formal start to the auction process in late November with a view to starting bidding in mid-January 2021.


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Responses

Responder name Type
[Response to 2018 consultation] Arqiva (PDF File, 1.2 MB) Organisation
[Response to 2018 consultation] BBC (PDF File, 210.4 KB) Organisation
[Response to 2018 consultation] BT-EE (PDF File, 1.4 MB) Organisation
[Response to 2018 consultation] Communications Consumer Panel (PDF File, 134.3 KB) Organisation
[Response to 2018 consultation] Consumer Council for Northern Ireland (PDF File, 468.7 KB) Organisation
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