Fixed wireless spectrum strategy: Consultation on proposed next steps to enable future uses of fixed wireless links

  • Start: 07 December 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 01 February 2018

We recently gathered information on how the uses of fixed wireless links could change over the next 5-10 years. This document summarises our key findings and consults on specific areas which focus on enabling ultra-high capacity wireless backhaul requirements for the future.

Fixed wireless links are used to provide wireless connectivity for a range of uses such as mobile backhaul, utility services, broadcasting and financial networks using a range of spectrum bands.

In light of stakeholder responses, we are now consulting on specific areas that would enable evolved uses of fixed wireless links. With capacity requirements set to increase significantly, particularly as new technologies and networks evolve towards 5G, greater focus is now being placed on the higher millimetre wave bands to deliver this capacity. In order to start this discussion, this document explores new potential spectrum above 92 GHz.

The document consults on changing the authorisation regime in the 64–66 GHz band to licence exempt and seeks views on a revised technical condition across the 57–66 GHz, commonly known as V band, in order to enable new fixed wireless access use cases. We are also seeking views on the adjacent 66–71 GHz band given that it could be part of the same ecosystem as V band.

Responding to this consultation

Please submit responses using the consultation responses form (RTF, 1.4 MB).

Main documents

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Responder name Type
Blu Wireless Technology Ltd (PDF, 121.2 KB) Organisation
British Entertainment Industry Radio Group (PDF, 117.2 KB) Organisation
British Telecommunications Plc and EE Limited (PDF, 150.9 KB) Organisation
Cambridge Broadband Networks Ltd (PDF, 103.7 KB) Organisation
Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd (PDF, 116.0 KB) Organisation
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