In November 2014 we decided to make valuable spectrum in the 700MHz band available for mobile data as soon as practicably possible. Initial plans indicated that it would be possible to make the band available by the end of 2021. However, our analysis suggests that benefits to citizens and consumers would be greater if it was available sooner.
In this document we set out proposals which would enable us to bring forward the point at which this spectrum is nationally available for mobile data by up to 18 months - to a target of no later than Q2 2020. This would involve changing the frequencies used by some temporary DTT services, known as interim multiplexes, which operate in the 600MHz band (550-606MHz).
This document also considers the future of part of the 700MHz band called the centre gap. It sets out proposals to make this spectrum available for mobile data.
Our November 2014 Statement made a decision on use of the main part of the 700MHz, called the ‘paired spectrum’. However, it did not decide what the 25MHz in the middle of the band, the ‘centre gap’, should be used for. We have considered a range of applications which could use the centre gap and reached a provisional view that mobile data is likely to be the use that maximises benefits to citizens and consumers.