Update 1 March 2021 – EMF licence variation

Ofcom has published a General Notice and notified other licensees of our proposals to vary a wide range of licences to require licensees to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits and keep records to demonstrate how they comply. This licence variation process is now underway, and we are now in a transition period. For more information, please visit our page on electromagnetic fields (EMF).

During this transition period, Ofcom will still accept new applications and will still issue licences. If you decide to apply for a licence (or continue with a licence application) during this time, we will take this as you consenting to these future changes.

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.