A framework for spectrum sharing
- Dechrau: 31 Gorffennaf 2015
- Statws: Datganiad a gyhoeddwyd
- Diwedd: 02 Hydref 2015
About this document
Ofcom is today seeking views on a proposed new framework for thinking about spectrum sharing that would offer a model for considering whether frequencies have the potential to be shared.
Sharing will become increasingly important as demand increases. By allowing different users to offer more wireless applications, spectrum sharing can bring benefits to citizens and consumers as well as contributing to optimal use of spectrum.
The proposed framework would:
- identify barriers to sharing;
- include regulatory tools and market and technological enablers that have potential to facilitate further sharing; and,
- set out how sharing would be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account any existing uses and proposed new uses.
Today’s consultation closes on 2 October.
This document sets out the framework we will apply to future spectrum authorisation decisions to assess spectrum sharing opportunities. It follows a consultation which we published in July 2015. The framework reflects the need to consider carefully the circumstances of each potential opportunity, covering its costs and benefits.
New sharing opportunities will result in benefits for citizens and consumers from better and potentially new wireless services. Alongside this statement, we are publishing a call for input that invites stakeholders’ comments on the first new opportunity we are considering under the framework, for the band 3.8-4.2 GHz.
To help stakeholders identify additional opportunities, we are also publishing more information about existing spectrum authorisations and welcoming expressions of demand for uses that available licences or licence-exempt spectrum cannot cover.