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.

Spectrum Access: EHF licences


The Spectrum Access: EHF licence is for people and businesses to access three Extremely High Frequency (EHF) bands for a wide range of wireless connectivity applications.

On 1 October 2020, Ofcom published a statement that opened up access to the 116-122 GHz, 174.8-182 GHz and 185-190 GHz bands on a licensed basis.

To support innovation, the Spectrum Access: EHF Licence is available for applications. Each licence will enable access to one of these bands across the UK on a non-protection and non-interference basis, with use of multiple devices permitted.

The licence grants access to any one of the following bands, on a 'one band per licence' basis:

  • 116-122 GHz
  • 174.8-182 GHz
  • 185-190 GHz

For further information or guidance on the Spectrum Access: EHF licence, please see the sections below.

Spectrum Access: EHF guidance

Our Spectrum Access: EHF licence guidance (PDF, 1.3 MB) includes details on licence fees, the application process and licence terms and conditions.

Apply for a Spectrum Access: EHF licence

Use the Spectrum Access: EHF licence application form (PDF, 518.4 KB) to apply for a licence.

How much will the licence cost?

The fee for this licence will be £75, renewable every five years.

Technical information

The full technical information is available in the UK Interface Requirement (IR) 2106 (PDF, 425.1 KB).