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Regulatory fees for on-demand programme services

On 1 January 2016, Ofcom became the sole regulator (other than in relation to advertising) for on demand programme services (“ODPS”) under Part 4A of the Communications Act 2003 (the “Act”).

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Under a new BBC Royal Charter, Ofcom will become the BBC's first external regulator in April 2017.


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Strategic Review of UHF Band 1 and Band 2 - 410 to 470 MHz

  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 February 2017

This document consults on proposals to use the spectrum in the 410 to 450 MHz (UHF Band 1) and 450 to 470 MHz (UHF Band 2) bands more intensively and efficiently to best address the requirements of current and future users.

Proposed changes to spectrum trading regulations

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 27 January 2017

Two statutory notices of Ofcom’s proposals to make changes to spectrum trading regulations for mobile services in the 3600 to 3800 MHz band.

Review of the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Open
  • End: 14 March 2017

This is a consultation about changes that we are proposing to make to the General Conditions of Entitlement – the regulatory rules that all communications providers must follow in order to operate in the UK.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make a limitation order and amend the register regulations in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 January 2017

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposal to make two statutory instruments in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands. These are a limitation order and regulations amending The Wireless Telegraphy (Register) Regulations 2012.

Commercial multi-user gateway review

  • Start: 16 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 February 2017

This document invites comments on whether the use of commercial multi-user ‘gateway’ devices, known as COMUGs, meets the requirements for licence exemption set out in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 07 February 2017

Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. To achieve this, we are proposing three main goals: to promote competition and ensure that markets work effectively for consumers; to secure standards and improve quality; and to protect consumers from harm.

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. Competition issues and auction regulations

  • Start: 21 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 January 2017

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. Competition issues and auction regulations

Broadcast TV technical codes

  • Start: 07 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 June 2016

Ofcom sets technical standards for the digital terrestrial TV platform (also often known as Freeview ).

Improving consumer access to mobile services at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz

  • Start: 06 October 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 15 December 2016

This consultation presents our initial thinking on how we could expand spectrum access for mobile services in the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band.

Policy for the DECT guard band

  • Start: 29 September 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 08 December 2016

This document is consulting on the policy for authorising use of spectrum in the range 1781.7 - 1785 MHz block paired with 1876.7 - 1880 MHz block, which we refer to as the "DECT guard band".

Notice of proposal to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2016

  • Start: 28 July 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 August 2016

This document invites comments on Ofcom’s proposal to make two sets of regulations, the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Satellite Earth Apparatus) (Exemption) Regulations 2016 and the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2016.

Fixed wireless spectrum strategy

  • Start: 11 July 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 19 September 2016

This Call for Input is asking stakeholders for their input and initial views on a strategic review of spectrum used by fixed wireless services.

3.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz band: Opportunities for Innovation

  • Start: 14 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 June 2016

This Call for Input (CFI) introduces the 3.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz band as a candidate band for enhanced spectrum sharing, for potential new innovative applications, and seeks feedback and input from Stakeholders.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to amend the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence charges for the 900 MHz Frequency Band and the 1800 MHz Frequency Band) (Amendments and Further Provisions) Regulations 2015

  • Start: 13 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 May 2016

Ofcom is today consulting on a proposal to amend the regulations setting the fees payable for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum.

Decision of proposals to make the Wireless Telegraphy (White Space Devices) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

  • Start: 08 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 May 2016

Consultation on proposals to amend the licence exemption regulations for white space devices to include additional organisations.

Notice of proposals to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Licence Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

  • Start: 08 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 May 2016

Proposal to amend the existing fees for some Wireless Telegraphy Act products

Broadcasting Transmission Services: a review of the market

  • Start: 31 March 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 June 2016

In 2005 we concluded a review of the market for broadcasting transmission services. As a result of this review, we found that Crown Castle and ntl:broadcast, which both now form part of Arqiva, had significant market power in the market for the provision of access to masts and sites and shared or shareable antenna systems.

Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance

  • Start: 11 March 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 20 May 2016

We set out proposals which would enable us to bring forward the point at which the 700MHz spectrum band is nationally available for mobile data to a target of no later than Q2 2020.

Space spectrum strategy

  • Start: 01 March 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 May 2016

This document sets out our proposed Space Spectrum Strategy which covers the use of spectrum by the satellite and space science (including earth observation) sectors.

Authorisation of terrestrial mobile networks complementary to 2 GHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) - A consultation on the licensing of 2 GHz MSS Complementary Ground Component (CGC) for aeronautical use

  • Start: 22 February 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 April 2016

This document consults on proposals to authorise terrestrial base stations which allow ‘direct air-to-ground’ mobile satellite service (MSS) communications to aircraft.