Consultation: Supporting increased use of shared spectrum

  • Start: 23 November 2023
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 02 February 2024

Spectrum sharing is a key part of Ofcom’s strategy for spectrum management. The Shared Access framework provides a mechanism to access frequencies with established or developing mobile equipment ecosystems, on a localised basis. We have seen growing interest in this form of access over the last four years, with more than 1,500 licences now issued, and a number of other countries adopting similar approaches.

In light of this demand and projected future growth, we are now proposing steps to enhance the supply of spectrum available, especially in the popular 3.8-4.2 GHz band. We propose to do this by relaxing certain coordination assumptions to better match real world conditions, and by allowing additional user input in coordination decisions. We are also proposing to support additional uses by increasing the permissible power level of our Low Power product, and loosening certain restrictions on terminal record keeping for such Low Power indoor deployments.

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