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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • 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/notice-of-proposal-to-make-the-wireless-telegraphy-mobile-communication-services-on-aircraft-exemption-regulations-2017

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

  • Consultation
  • Start: 09 May 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 18 July 2017

This consultation presents 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

Use of the 700 MHz guard band for PMSE

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 29 June 2017

We set out our proposals to modify our previous notice so that PMSE users will continue to be able to use 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

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

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2017
  • Status: Open
  • 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

Mobile phone repeaters

  • Consultation
  • Start: 05 April 2017
  • Status: Open
  • 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

Notice of proposal to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2017

  • Consultation
  • Start: 09 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 11 April 2017

We present in this document our decision to proceed with our proposals to extend Wi-Fi access in the 5 GHz band to an additional 125 MHz (5725 to 5850, the ‘5.8GHz band’).

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

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: Closed
  • 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

Review of the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/review-general-conditions-relating-to-consumer-protection

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: 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.

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
  • 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.

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

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2017-18

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands

  • Consultation
  • 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

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/award-of-the-spectrum-bands

Broadcast TV technical codes

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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 ).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/broadcast-tv-technical-codes

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

  • Consultation
  • 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.

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

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

Notice of proposal to make Wireless Telegraphy Exemption Regulations 2016

  • Regulation
  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/wt-exemption-2016

Fixed wireless spectrum strategy

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/call-for-inputs-fixed-wireless-spectrum-strategy

3.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz band: Opportunities for Innovation

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/opportunities-for-spectrum-sharing-innovation

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/900-mhz-1800-mhz-frequency-bands