TV white spaces: approach to coexistence

Published: 4 September 2013
Consultation closes: 13 December 2013
Status: Closed (pending statement)

This document sets out Ofcom's decision to allow a new wireless technology access to the unused parts of the radio spectrum in the 470 to 790 MHz frequency band. Our decision follows extensive consultation with stakeholders and a pilot.

The new technology, known as white spaces devices, will share this band with the existing uses, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), including local TV, and Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE), including in particular wireless microphone users.

The sharing will take place dynamically, controlled by databases which will hold information on the location of DTT and PMSE users and white space devices. They use this information, following the approach set out in this document, to allow white spaces devices access to the spectrum band, but only to the extent that this does not cause harmful interference to the existing users of the spectrum.

Implementing the decisions set out in this document is one of the ways Ofcom is meeting the increasing demand for more spectrum to deliver existing and new services. Our objective is to complete the implementation of our decisions so the new technology can be deployed by the end of 2015.


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