The Ofcom consultation on assessment of future mobile competition and proposals for the award of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum and related issues was published on 22 March 2011 (the March 2011 Consultation).
It set out, for information, our thinking at the time on the technical licence conditions that would apply in the two bands that were to be awarded. It also indicated that we would consult further when we were in a position to set out detailed proposals for the technical conditions that should apply to 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz licences.
In this consultation we set out our proposals for technical licence conditions for the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum, including further details on low power shared access in the 2.6 GHz band. We provide further information on necessary measures to manage interference to adjacent spectrum usage including radar systems above 2.7 GHz and short range devices and emergency services above 800 MHz, though our work in these areas remains ongoing.
We also set out proposals for the technical measures necessary to implement Commission Decision 2011/251/EU amending Decision 2009/766/EC on 900 MHz and 1800 MHz to permit the deployment of LTE and WiMAX technology in these bands.
This consultation does not cover specific additional technical restrictions that may be needed for co-existence of new services in the 800 MHz band with adjacent DTT use in bands below 790 MHz. Co-existence with DTT is the subject of the separate Ofcom consultation ‘Coexistence of new services in the 800 MHz band with DTT’ that is being published in parallel with this document.