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

  • Start: 15 May 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 June 2020

Statement published 3 August 2020

We are preparing to award spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz band. 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, following several consultations, we published a statement setting out our conclusions on the award of this spectrum by auction. We confirm those conclusions in this document, having taken account of the responses we received to a further consultation we published on 15 May 2020.

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.


Main documents

Supporting documents

Letter from DCMS to Ofcom
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Letter from Ofcom to DCMS
(PDF File, 144.4 KB)
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Main documents

Supporting documents

Letter from DCMS to Ofcom
(PDF File, 190.7 KB)
Download
Letter from Ofcom to DCMS
(PDF File, 144.4 KB)
Download
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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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