Fixed wireless access (the 5725 – 5850 MHz band)
The 5.8 GHz licence (5725 – 5850 MHz band) can allow point-to-multipoint equipment for WISP Solutions, broadband internet access, and IP video surveillance.
This band is already in use by other services, including amateur-satellite, weather and military radars. Under a normal licence-exempt regime, it would not be possible for Ofcom to provide adequate protection for these services while permitting the higher power levels needed for provision of a viable fixed wireless access service on a shared basis. Therefore Ofcom has put in place a light-licensing regime. This regime requires a minimum payment and registration.
The fee is £1 per terminal, subject to a minimum fee of £50 per licence. There is no maximum limit on how many terminals you can have on one licence.
Pay online (for fees up to £5000)
- The preferred method of payment is credit/debit card, up to a maximum of £5,000. Please note that we do not accept American Express.
- For payments over £5,000 a direct debit instruction is best. Direct debits cannot be set up in time to collect the first payment, but will be used for future payments. However, payment can be taken by direct debit for a new licence if you are an existing licensee with a live direct debit instruction set up with your bank.
- If you prefer to make a BACS payment, please quote your invoice number, so that our Finance team can identify your payment easily.
- For International Bankers Drafts, please quote your invoice number. You will need to add the charge on an international bankers draft to the total requested.
On receiving a validation notice, check that all of the information that we currently hold for the licence(s) is correct. If all of the data is correct then no further action is required. If you need to make any changes or updates, please notify us immediately by completing the attached forms and returning them to the Ofcom Licensing Centre.
Access to 5.8 GHz band C for FWA users is currently permitted throughout the UK on secondary basis, provided that no interference is caused to the primary users in the band. However, Ofcom reserves the right to introduce geographic exclusion zones, if this becomes necessary to protect the primary users in band C.