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We carry out strategic work in spectrum management, including making sufficient spectrum available for 5G, spectrum clearance, spectrum awards and many other on-going projects.

Key spectrum-related work areas for the current year are:

  • Awarding the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands
  • Implementing the strategy for 700MHz change of use
  • Preparing to make sufficient spectrum available for 5G
  • Supporting Government in the expansion of digital radio
  • Implementing spectrum policy for existing licensed use (including a fees review for the fixed link and satellite earth station sectors, changes to the DECT Guard Band licences and work on UHF 1&2 bands).

You can read more details about these projects further down this page.

Our Annual Plan also sets out our broader programme of ongoing work. This includes:

  • Studies to inform future requirements for spectrum (including a focus on mobile data, on the satellite and space science sectors and on fixed wireless uses)
  • Spectrum authorisation (including work on sharing in the 3.6-3.8 GHz and 3.8-4.2 GHz bands)
  • Spectrum assurance and enforcement

Strategic work

We are preparing to make sufficient spectrum available for 5G. We are also playing a critical role in international discussions on bands for 5G in CEPT and ITU. In addition, we will be preparing for the next World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019 where spectrum bands for 5G are expected to be identified globally.

Our Update on 5G spectrum in the UK PDF, 2.9 MB provides an update on international developments, and the programme of work that has been initiated with regards to making spectrum available for 5G.

We are seeking input to inform our programme of work to make 26 GHz available for 5G. Our call for inputs also sets out our thinking on which other bands we will prioritise for 5G.

Ongoing projects