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

  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

Statement published 13 March 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.

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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Responder name Type
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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