This document consults on plans to enable access to additional frequencies for broadband fixed wireless access in the 5725-5850 MHz band, known as the 5.8 GHz band.
Broadband fixed wireless access (BFWA) is widely used to deliver broadband to consumers and businesses, particularly those in difficult to reach areas. There are around twelve thousand sites currently registered under Ofcom’s light licensing scheme within the 5.8 GHz band.
Currently, BFWA can use frequencies across the 5.8 GHz band, except for a 20 MHz frequency ‘notch’ between 5795 and 5815 MHz which is used for road tolling systems. However, road tolling makes light use of these frequencies in the UK.
Ofcom has reviewed this arrangement and considers the notch is no longer a proportionate approach to managing coexistence in these frequencies. We are therefore proposing to remove this restriction and allow BFWA to access these frequencies, to enable a greater number of higher capacity channels within the 5.8 GHz band.
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