This document discusses our provisional proposal to grant a licence variation request submitted by TalkTalk plc in relation to its Concurrent Spectrum Access licence. The variation would facilitate the deployment of low-powered LTE apparatus that is currently available within the EU.
TalkTalk is one of 12 licensees authorised to use the 3.3 MHz of shared spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, 1781.7-1785 MHz paired with 1876.7-1880 MHz, also known as ‘the DECT Guardband’. The licences were issued as technology neutral, subject to compliance with interface requirements IR2014 (GSM) or IR2045 (Concurrent 1781 MHz band) with a restriction to low-powered use.
The variation request seeks a modification to the permitted out-of-block emissions to allow the deployment of currently available femtocell technology without the need for additional filtering which would be required under the current licence terms.
We set out our preliminary view of the implications of this for co-spectrum and adjacent services and our provisional conclusion to grant the request.
We invite comments on this proposal by 31 May 2016.