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Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to Swish Fibre Limited

We are proposing to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Swish Fibre Limited.

Consultation: Listed Events - Rugby World Cup Finals Tournament 2019

Ofcom has received a request from ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Rugby World Cup Final in Japan from Friday 20 September until Saturday 2 November 2019.


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Statement: Enabling wireless innovation through local licensing

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 March 2019

This statement explains how we will allow more people and businesses to use spectrum from a choice of frequency bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/enabling-opportunities-for-innovation

Consultation: Promoting competition and investment in fibre networks – Measures to support Openreach's trial in Salisbury – migrating customers to full fibre and withdrawing copper services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 24 July 2019
  • Status: Open
  • End: 06 September 2019

Openreach has announced plans for a trial in Salisbury in which it aims to migrate customers to full fibre and then withdraw copper services there at the end of 2022.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/measures-support-openreach-trial-salisbury

Consultation: Notice of proposal to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

  • Consultation
  • Start: 12 July 2019
  • Status: Open
  • End: 05 September 2019

We are proposing proposes to make a slight change to the technical parameters allowed for licence exempt in-vehicle low gain mobile phone repeaters.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposal-wireless-telegraphy-regulations

Statement: Notice of proposal to vary 3.4 GHz radio spectrum licences

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 18 April 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 19 May 2019

We are consulting on proposals made by four licensees to amend the technical conditions of four Spectrum Access 3.4 GHz licences, one Spectrum Access 3.5 GHz licence and one Spectrum Access 3.6 GHz licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/proposal-vary-3.4ghz-radio-spectrum-licences

Statement: Annual Licence Fees for UK Broadband’s 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 17 December 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 11 February 2019

We are today making the regulations which give effect to this decision. The new fees will become effective on 17 July 2019 (in respect of the 3.4 GHz spectrum) and 31 July 2019 (in respect of the 3.6 GHz spectrum)..

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/annual-licence-fees-3.4-ghz-3.6-ghz-spectrum

Consultation: Defragmentation of spectrum holdings in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 June 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 July 2019

We are consulting on new proposals to help defragment the 3.4-3.8 GHz band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/defragmentation-spectrum-holdings

Consultation: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 18 December 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

In this document, we set out proposals for an award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum to enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/award-700mhz-3.6-3.8ghz-spectrum

Statement: Making of certain regulations in connection with the award of 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum - Notice of making a limitation order and amending the mobile trading and the register regulations

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 March 2019

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposals to make four statutory instruments in connection with the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6–3.8 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/regulations-award-700-mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz

Statement: Ofcom's Annual Plan 2019/20

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

Statement of our plan of work for the next financial year(2019/20).

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

Consultation: Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make regulations for the award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposals to make regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/proposal-auction-regulations-700mhz-3.6-3.8-ghz

Consultation: Coverage obligations in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum award - Ofcom’s approach to verifying compliance

  • Consultation
  • Start: 31 January 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 12 March 2019

In this document, we set out for stakeholders the criteria and methodology we propose to impose for assessing compliance with the proposed coverage obligations, including the coverage model we intend to use.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/coverage-obligations-in-the-700-mhz-and-3.6-3.8-ghz-spectrum-award

Statement: Satellite filings cost recovery

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 14 June 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 September 2018

Ofcom consulted on proposals for satellite filing charges in June 2018, and received support for our preferred charging option, with some refinements suggested. This statement sets out the charges that we are now introducing, and serves as our Notice of Charges for 2019/20.

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

Consultation: Notice of proposal to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short Range Radar) (Exemption) Regulations 2019

  • Consultation
  • Start: 21 February 2019
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 March 2019

Ofcom proposes to make an amendment to the Wireless Telegraphy (Automotive Short Range Radar) (Exemption) Regulations 2013.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/consultation-wireless-telegraphy-automotive-short-range-radar-exemption-regs-2019

Statement: 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

Statement: 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

Statement: PMSE clearing the 700 MHz band

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

This statement sets out our decision on the additional funding available to eligible PMSE equipment owners.

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

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

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