Statement published 17 July 2017
This statement relates to Ofcom’s decision to make new regulations by statutory instrument that would enable passengers to connect their mobile devices (with 2G, 3G and 4G technologies) to a system providing mobile communication on board ships, if certain standards and requirements are met, without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence. These regulations implement a recent decision by the European Commission, and replace similar exemption regulations we made in 2011.
To give proper effect to the European Commission decision, it is also necessary to vary ship radio wireless telegraphy licences in order to ensure that operators comply with the new technical and operational requirements. This will be implemented through a Notice of Variation to the ship licence.
The Regulations will come into force on 2 August 2017.
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