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 BT plc to trade its 2.6 GHz spectrum access licence 09487791 internally within BT Group from BT plc to EE Ltd (a 100% owned subsidiary).
The proposed trade is being considered by Ofcom under the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Spectrum Trading) Regulations 2011 (as amended in 2013 and 2015) 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 on a concurrent or outright basis. Ofcom may conduct a competition assessment to determine whether the trade may distort competition. Our initial view is that this trade would not raise competition concerns because the rights and obligations under the licence will remain entirely within the corporate group of BT Group plc.
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 2 April 2019 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 are posted on Ofcom’s Trade Notification Register.
Submissions should be sent to: email@example.com.