Ofcom is today consulting on a proposal to amend the regulations setting the fees payable for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum.
The fees are paid annually by mobile network operator s for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands, which they use to provide voice and data services using a mix of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.
Earlier this year the Office for National Statistics changed the reference year (in which CPI = 100) used to calculate the all items consumer price index from 2005 to 2015. This consultation reflects that change.
The proposed amendments would ensure the method for calculating the fees payable for the 900 MHz frequency band and the 1800 MHz frequency band remains the same as intended by Ofcom's decision of 24 September 2015. Specifically, these regulations would ensure the licence fees payable for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum from 31st October 2016 onwards continue to vary in line with inflation, as provided for in that decision.
The closing date for responses to this consultation is 16 May 2016. Following consideration of consultation responses, we intend to make the final regulations as soon as practicable.