This document sets out the changes we are making to the way spectrum in the 410 MHz to 450 MHz (UHF Band 1) and 450 MHz to 470 MHz (UHF Band 2) bands is managed to better address the requirements of current and future users.
The spectrum in this range is attractive to users as it has good in-building penetration as well as coverage. These bands already deliver important benefits to UK citizens and consumers, including robust and immediate communications for businesses, Emergency Services, and Programme Making and Special Events.
Our policy decisions are to make a number of changes to the Business Radio Technical Frequency Assignment Criteria; to add additional channels to Business Radio Simple UK and Business Radio Simple Site licences; and to make access to this spectrum more uniform by reconfiguring the channel plan to more common duplex spacings. The aim of these changes is to create a framework for managing this spectrum for the next ten years.
This statement also confirms our decision to maintain the existing band configuration for UHF 2, and not seek to align it with the configuration used in continental Europe.