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Within Ofcom's Spectrum Group, the Authorisations team manages the radio spectrum resource currently allocated to public wireless telecommunications services including mobile cellular and broadband wireless access networks, both for the UK and for the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

The work includes matters relating to the spectrum, licences and licensees as well as the potential impact of other technologies, services and developments on these areas.

Ofcom has received an application from EE Limited to trade its unpaired 2.6 GHz spectrum (2595-2620 MHz) from its Spectrum Access licence no. 1191194 to Telefonica UK Limited.

The proposed trade is being considered by Ofcom under the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011 (as amended in 2013, 2015 and 2019, “the 2011 Regulations”) and in accordance with Ofcom’s usual spectrum trading processes.  Under regulation 8, Ofcom’s consent is required before the spectrum in these bands can be traded.  In determining whether or not to consent to a proposed transfer, one of the things that Ofcom takes into account is whether competition is likely to be distorted as a result of the transfer.  Our initial view is that there would be a low risk of competition concerns resulting from this trade.

In relation to this proposed trade, Ofcom has determined that the requirements (under regulation 7(1) of the 2011 Regulations) which concern the description of the parties and details of the proposed trade have been met.  Ofcom is now inviting interested parties to submit comments by 30 October 2020 detailing any competition concerns they might have about the proposed trade, as set out in the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011.

The details of the proposed transfers will be posted on Ofcom’s Transfer Notification Register.

Submissions should be sent to: spectrum.tradingdesk@ofcom.org.uk.

Update: 5 November 2020

No comments were received following Ofcom’s invitation to interested parties to submit comments by 30 October 2020 detailing provide any competition concerns they might have about the proposed trade, as set out in the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011.

Therefore, Ofcom has consented to the transfer in accordance with Regulation 7(3)(a) of the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011 and the trade has been completed in accordance with regulation 7(5).