This document sets out the framework we will apply to future spectrum authorisation decisions to assess spectrum sharing opportunities. It follows a consultation which we published in July 2015. The framework reflects the need to consider carefully the circumstances of each potential opportunity, covering its costs and benefits.
New sharing opportunities will result in benefits for citizens and consumers from better and potentially new wireless services. Alongside this statement, we are publishing a call for input that invites stakeholders’ comments on the first new opportunity we are considering under the framework, for the band 3.8-4.2 GHz.
To help stakeholders identify additional opportunities, we are also publishing more information about existing spectrum authorisations and welcoming expressions of demand for uses that available licences or licence-exempt spectrum cannot cover.