Update: The deadline to respond to this consultation has been extended from 1 December 2016 to 15 December 2016.
This consultation presents our initial thinking on how we could expand spectrum access for mobile services in the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band.
We consider this band a high priority band for future mobile use, due to the large amount of spectrum available and the interest in this band for the rollout of future 5G services (the fifth generation of mobile connectivity technology, which is currently being developed).
Part of the band is already authorised for electronic communications networks (which includes mobile and fixed communications), where spectrum access is coordinated with other current spectrum users.
In this document, we set out two broad policy options that could allow mobile including 5G use in the rest of the band. In considering the future of this band, we are taking into account the services provided by existing use of fixed links and satellite services to citizen and consumers. We are seeking input from stakeholders that will inform our future policy proposals.