We manage the airwaves – or spectrum – used by all wireless devices, including mobile phones. Reliable mobile services have become essential to how people live and work across the UK, and mobile phone networks must keep pace with the growing needs for capacity and for coverage. This is a priority for us. We want to see coverage of good quality mobile broadband from a choice of providers, wherever people live, work and travel.
In this document, we set out proposals for an award of spectrum to enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage, and to pave the way for companies to take advantage of new wireless technologies, including 5G – the next generation of mobile technology. Importantly, we are proposing to provide strong incentives for the companies which participate in the award to invest in providing better quality services in rural areas, furthering our ambition to achieve comprehensive mobile coverage for people right across the UK.
Alongside this consultation, we have published a document which provides an overview of all the steps we are taking to improve mobile coverage (PDF, 180.1 KB).
On 11 June 2019, we published a consultation with revised proposals to facilitate defragmentation of the 3.4-3.8 GHz band through the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz award. This consultation closes on 10 July.
A number of footnotes were missing on page 172 of the consultation document. We have updated the document to include these.