Ofcom will award wireless telegraphy licences for equipment operating within the following spectrum bands (“the Bands”): 791-821 MHz and 832-862 MHz (the “800 MHz band”); and 2500-2690 MHz (the “2.6 GHz band”).
The process and rules for the award of licences to operate within the Bands are set out in the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Award) Regulations 2012 (“the Award Regulations”), which were made on 9 November 2012 and come into force on 23 November 2012.
Ofcom has decided that it is appropriate to limit the number of licences to be awarded in relation to the Bands for the purpose of securing efficient use of the electro-magnetic spectrum and efficient use in particular of the Bands. Accordingly, under section 29 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, it must make an order. Ofcom proposes to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Limitation of Number of Licences) Order 2012. A draft of the proposed order is set out at Annex 4.
The general effect of this order is set out at Section 2 of this document.
Subject to this consultation, Ofcom intends to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Limitation of Number of Licences) Order 2012 so that it comes into force before the start of the bidding process set out in the Award Regulations. Ofcom has announced 11 December 2012 as the provisional date for the submission of applications by prospective bidders under the Award Regulations. Ofcom will confirm the date once the Award Regulations have come into force.