EE application for licence variations

  • Start: 19 August 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 September 2016

This document discusses two licence variation requests from EE Limited, which would enable the use of 4G technology and support the provision of enhanced mobile communications for the emergency services.

In 2015 EE signed a contract with the Home Office to provide mobile services for a new emergency services network based on its LTE network. To support this EE has asked for:

  • a variation of its Spectrum Access 2100 MHz licence to permit the use of LTE technology in the unpaired frequencies 1899.9 to 1909.9 MHz; and
  • a variation of its 800 MHz/2.6 GHz and 1800 MHz licences to permit the use of mobile transmit frequencies to connect additional temporary base stations to its network at powers up to 31 dBm e.i.r.p in the 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands for use as gateways for the new emergency services network.

This consultation sets out Ofcom's preliminary view that granting the requests is an efficient use of the spectrum and would benefit citizens and consumers, with low risk of harmful interference to other stakeholders.

Consultation : EE application for licence variations (PDF, 546.3 KB)

Statement published 10 January 2017

This document outlines Ofcom’s decision in regards to two  licence variation requests from EE Limited, which would enable the use of 4G  technology and support the provision of enhanced mobile communications for the  emergency services.

In 2015 EE signed a contract with the Home Office to provide  mobile services for a new emergency services network based on its LTE network.  To support this EE asked for:

  • a variation of its Spectrum Access 2100 MHz  licence to permit the use of LTE technology in the unpaired frequencies 1899.9  to 1909.9 MHz; and
  • a variation of its Spectrum Access 800 MHz/2.6  GHz and 1800 MHz licences to permit the use of mobile transmit frequencies to  connect additional temporary base stations to its network at powers up to 31  dBm e.i.r.p in the 800 MHz and 1800 MHz bands for use as gateways for the new  emergency services network.

We consulted on these proposals on 19 August 2016 setting out  Ofcom’s preliminary view that granting the requests is an efficient use of the  spectrum and would benefit citizens and consumers, with low risk of harmful  interference to other stakeholders. This statement confirms that after  consideration of the responses received we have decided to grant the licence  variation.

Statement : EE application for licence variations in support of enhanced mobile communications for the emergency services (PDF, 211.2 KB)


Main documents

Supporting documents

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Responses

Responder name Type
Name Withheld 1 (PDF File, 11.2 KB) Individual
Telefónica UK (PDF File, 128.5 KB) Organisation
Three (PDF File, 438.4 KB) Organisation
Vodafone (PDF File, 97.2 KB) Organisation