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Consultation: Promoting investment and competition in fibre networks

We are consulting on our strategy for promoting investment and competition in fibre networks, and our approach to geographic markets.

Consultation: Delivering the Broadband Universal Service

We are consulting on who we plan to designate as Broadband Universal Service Providers, and the conditions that should apply for delivering USO connections and services.


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Consultation: Proposed Annual Plan 2019/20

  • Consultation
  • Start: 03 December 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 08 February 2019

Consultation on our plans for the next financial year (2019/20).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/annual-plan-2019-20

Responses to call for expressions of interest: Small-scale DAB

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 27 July 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 21 September 2018

This document provides details of the responses Ofcom has received to our call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/small-scale-dab-interest

Statement: Decision to implement technical and regulatory changes to the 57 – 71 GHz band

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 05 July 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 August 2018

This document sets out Ofcom’s decision to make new regulations by statutory instrument. The new regulations change and extend the existing technical conditions and exemptions from the requirement to obtain a Wireless Telegraphy Act licence for short range wideband data transmission systems and fixed wireless systems.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/implementing-decisions-57-71-ghz-band

PMSE clearing the 700 MHz band - Support for PMSE equipment owners

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 23 August 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 04 October 2018

Government has decided to fund a grant scheme to support PMSE equipment owners that have to vacate the 700 MHz band earlier than expected.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/support-pmse-equipment-owners

Consultation: Satellite filings cost recovery

  • Consultation
  • Start: 14 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 September 2018

This consultation provides our analysis of potential options for charging for our satellite filing work, and our proposed charging approach.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/satellite-filings-cost-recovery

Statement on changes to the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 April 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 May 2018

This statement sets out Ofcom's decision to amend general condition C6.6, additional changes to our guidance on Calling Line Identification facilities, and a number of minor drafting changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/changes-general-conditions-of-entitlement

Statement: Review of spectrum used by fixed wireless services

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 07 December 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 01 February 2018

This document summarises our key findings on how the uses of fixed wireless links could change over the next 5-10 years, and consults on specific areas which focus on enabling ultra-high capacity wireless backhaul requirements for the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/fixed-wireless-spectrum-strategy

Consultation: Variation of UK Broadband’s spectrum access licence for 3.6 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Start: 27 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 08 August 2018

Ofcom’s consideration of a request to vary the permitted lower frequency block.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/variation-uk-broadbands-spectrum-access-licence-3.6-ghz

Consultation: Annual Licence Fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 08 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 August 2018

This document consults on the level of annual licence fees we should set for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum, and on draft regulations to achieve that.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/annual-licence-fees-900-1800-mhz

Consultation: UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19)

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 June 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 September 2018

This document sets out the key issues that will be considered at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 and explains why they matter to the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/uk-preparations-wrc-19

Statement: Annual Plan 2018-19

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 01 December 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 February 2018

Our Annual Plan 2018/19 highlights some of the key work areas that we will seek to deliver in order to meet our goals.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2018-19

Statements: Implementing the Commission Decision on Short Range Devices and Ofcom’s Decision on mobile phone repeaters

  • Regulation
  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 23 November 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 24 December 2017

Decisions on proposals to make regulations that would amend the existing Wireless Telegraphy licence exemption criteria for short range devices (SRDs) and certain low powered mobile phone repeaters.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/regulations-short-range-devices-mobile-repeaters

Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Ultra-Wideband Equipment) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 23 October 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 24 November 2017

We're consulting on our proposal to make new regulations by statutory instrument that would amend the existing Wireless Telegraphy licence exemption criteria for Ultra Wideband (UWB) devices.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/ultra-wideband-equipment

Coexistence of new services in the 700 MHz band with digital terrestrial television

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 09 May 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 18 July 2017

This statement presents the conclusions of our technical analysis of coexistence issues between future mobile services in the 700 MHz band and digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the adjacent band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/coexistence-of-new-services-in-the-700-mhz-band-with-digital-terrestrial-television

Statement: Improving access to 5.8 GHz spectrum for broadband fixed wireless access

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 27 July 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 21 September 2017

This document sets out our decision to remove a restriction on Broadband Fixed Wireless Access (BFWA) use in part of the 5.8 GHz band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/improving-access-5.8-ghz-broadband-fixed-wireless-access

Use of the 700 MHz guard band for PMSE

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 April 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 July 2017

This statement sets out our decision to allow Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) users to continue to access the 700 MHz guard band (694 to 703 MHz) beyond 1 May 2020.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/700-mhz-guard-band-pmse

Statement: Mobile phone repeaters

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 05 April 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 June 2017

This document sets out proposals to allow consumers to operate two categories of mobile phone repeaters on a licence-exempt basis i.e. with no need for a licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mobile-phone-repeaters

Local DAB multiplex change request: Mid & West Wales

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 30 January 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 February 2017

An application by MuxCo Wales Limited ("MuxCo"), the holder of the local radio multiplex licence for Mid & West Wales, to extend the licensed area for its service to include Swansea, has been refused by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/local-dab-change

Call for inputs on 5G spectrum access at 26 GHZ and update on bands above 30 GHz

  • Consultation
  • Start: 28 July 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 September 2017

We want information from stakeholders to inform our work to make spectrum in the 26 GHz band available for 5G wireless networks.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/5g-access-at-26-ghz

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 28 July 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 22 September 2017

This document confirms Ofcom’s intended approach to expanding spectrum access for future mobile services in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz band in order to enable consumers and citizens across the UK to benefit from future mobile services including 5G.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/future-use-at-3.6-3.8-ghz