This document consults on our proposal to enable the granting Recognised Spectrum Access (RSA) in the 3400 to 3600 MHz band and on the key conditions that we would include in the grants of RSA in the band, notably those relating to the technical limits for use of the spectrum.
The government, supported by Ofcom, has committed to a programme for improving the efficiency with which public bodies manage and use their spectrum holdings. A key element of this policy is to enable public bodies to trade spectrum where this is beneficial and, by so doing, allowing them to engage in the same market-led environment that is open to commercial users of spectrum. However, government departments are outside the scope of the licensing provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy (WT) Act and therefore cannot hold WT licences which can be traded. To address this impediment, a grant of RSA formalises the rights of such bodies over the spectrum they manage and defines the rights and obligations that may then be traded.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has recently stated its plans to reform the way it manages its spectrum in line with the government programme. The MOD has indicates that it wishes to apply for a grant of RSA for the 3400 to 3600 MHz band, of which it is the manager and part user, with the intention of releasing part of the band to the market.