This document confirms Ofcom’s intention to expand spectrum access for mobile services in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz band. This band has been identified by the UK and EU as the primary band for 5G.
In addition, this document sets out our proposed approach to existing users of the band. Our proposal is to remove current authorisations for fixed links and no longer take registered satellite earth stations with a receive component in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz band into account for frequency management purposes, after an appropriate period of notice. The effect of our proposed approach would be to enable future mobile services in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz band to be deployed in many areas from around 2020, but not necessarily nationwide before 2022.
We are consulting on our proposed approach, and will publish a further Statement in due course setting out our decision and providing an update on how we expect to make the band available for mobile services.
Stakeholders are invited to submit any comments by 22 September 2017.