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Ofcom review of proposed BBC Scotland television channel

Ofcom has today published a consultation about our provisional decision to approve the launch of a new BBC television channel for audiences in Scotland.

Consultation: Local TV licensing – provisional decision not to advertise or re-advertise certain local TV licences

This document sets out Ofcom’s provisional decision not to advertise or re-advertise licences in 13 specific areas, or their substitutes, identified for the roll-out of local TV services but where no licence has been awarded to date.


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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

Fixed wireless spectrum strategy: Consultation on proposed next steps to enable future uses of fixed wireless links

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 December 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • 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

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

Statement: Decision to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2017

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 09 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 11 April 2017

This document sets out Ofcom’s decision to make regulations that will allow Wi-Fi use in the 5.8 GHz band.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/wireless-telegraphy-exemption-regulations-2017

Notice of proposal to make regulations in connection with the award of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum

  • Consultation
  • Start: 11 July 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 August 2017

This document sets out proposed Regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/notice-of-proposal-to-make-regulations-in-connection-with-the-award-of-2.3-ghz-and-3.4-ghz-spectrum

Policy for the DECT guard band

  • Consultation
  • 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".

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/DECTGB

Decision to make the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Communication Services on Aircraft) (Exemption) Regulations 2017

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 April 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 12 May 2017

We are consulting on our proposal to make new regulations that would enable airline passengers to use mobile devices (with 2G, 3G and 4G technologies) onboard aircraft without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/aircraft-exemption-regulations-2017

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

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 July 2017

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

Proposed changes to spectrum trading regulations

  • Regulation
  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/changes-to-spectrum-trading-regulations

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 February 2017

This document sets out the changes we are making to the way spectrum in the 410 MHz to 450 MHz (UHF Band 1) and 450 MHz to 470 MHz (UHF Band 2) bands is managed to better address the requirements of current and future users.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/strategic-review-of-uhf-band-1-and-band-2

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/notice-of-limitations-order-and-register-regulations-2.3-and-3.4-ghz-bands

Commercial multi-user gateway review

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 16 December 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 10 February 2017

This document sets out Ofcom’s decision to exempt commercial multi-user ‘gateway’ devices, known as COMUGs, from the licensing requirements set out in the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/commercial-multi-user-gateway-review