This document sets out proposals for increasing the amount of 5 GHz radio spectrum available for Wi-Fi and other related wireless technologies. It also invites the views of stakeholders on how our wider Wi-Fi strategy should be developed to meet consumer demand.
UK citizens and consumers already benefit considerably from Wi-Fi, which has become the preferred means of extending fixed broadband connections to wireless internet enabled devices in the home. Our research shows it is already used in almost 90% of all broadband connected households.
In this document we set out steps to enhance spectrum access for Wi-Fi and enable growth and innovation in new wireless services for consumers. We also want to understand the degree of commitment among industry stakeholders for engagement with international bodies to open up additional spectrum for Wi-Fi, beyond that proposed in this consultation.