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

  • Start: 15 May 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 June 2020

Statement published 13 March 2020; further, technical consultation published 15 May 2020

Reliable mobile services are now essential to how people live, work and travel in the UK. The mobile network operators (MNOs) need to keep pace with the growing demands of people and businesses by increasing their networks’ capacity and coverage – and by adopting new technologies.

Ofcom manages the radio spectrum on which mobile communications depend. Ensuring better broadband and mobile services is one of our main priorities.

In this document, we set out our decisions on an award of spectrum to 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.

Update 15 May 2020 – further consultation on modelling and technical matters

In our statement of 13 March 2020 we made reference to modelling derived from use of a “single user throughput” model (the “SUT Model”). A stakeholder has raised concerns that it did not have the opportunity to comment on our reference to the SUT Model in advance of publication of our statement.

We have today published an update note, which sets out the context for our use of the SUT Model. We invite any comments on the matters set out in this update and further consultation, by 12 June 2020. We will review the position set out in the 13 March statement in light of any comments we receive and will publish our conclusions.

Main documents

Supporting documents

Letter from DCMS to Ofcom
(PDF File, 190.7 KB)
Letter from Ofcom to DCMS
(PDF File, 144.4 KB)
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Arqiva (PDF File, 1.2 MB) Organisation
BBC (PDF File, 210.4 KB) Organisation
BT-EE (PDF File, 1.4 MB) Organisation
Communications Consumer Panel (PDF File, 134.3 KB) Organisation
Consumer Council for Northern Ireland (PDF File, 468.7 KB) Organisation
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