Ongoing projects - UHF: 700 MHz

21 December 2020

UHF: 700 MHz

On 19 November 2014, Ofcom published a statement setting out our decision to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile data.

The 700 MHz band is currently used for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Programme Making and Special Events (PMSE) services, and White Space devices.

The change will involve moving these services from the 700 MHz band to other frequencies, while continuing to secure the benefits they deliver. Using the band for mobile services will result in significant benefits to citizens and consumers with better and cheaper mobile broadband services.

Our objective is to make the band available for mobile as soon as practicable, by 2022 at the latest. On 11 March, we published a consultation on maximising the benefits of 700 MHz clearance. This set out proposals which would enable us to bring forward the point at which this spectrum is nationally available for mobile data to a target of no later than Q2 2020.

We also published a Call for Input on 31 March on managing the effects of clearance on DTT viewers and PMSE users.

Update: 21 December 2020

This update reviews the key milestones of the 700 MHz clearance programme.

700 MHz clearance programme closure report (PDF, 216.2 KB)

Adroddiad ar gau’r rhaglen clirio 700 MHz (PDF, 190.9 KB)

Update: 1 October 2020

This update sets out information on the completion of the clearance of the 700 MHz airwaves.

700 MHz clearance programme update 1 October 2020 (PDF, 127.1 KB)

Update: 16 July 2020

This update sets out information on the revised timescale for delivering clearance of the 700 MHz band now that working restrictions related to Covid-19 are being eased.

700 MHz clearance programme update 16 July 2020 (PDF, 141.9 KB)

Rhaglen Clirio 700 MHz y Diweddaraf 16 Gorffennaf 2020 (PDF, 136.5 KB)

Update: 26 March 2020

This update provides information on delivery of the 700 MHz clearance programme in light of the COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 update regarding 700MHz clearance programme (PDF, 91.2 KB)

Diweddariad COVID-19 ynghylch rhaglen glirio 700MHz (PDF, 90.0 KB)

Update: 13 March 2020

We have carried out a final review of the progress of the 700 MHz clearance programme. This document summarises the review and its conclusions.

700 MHz clearance programme timescale review 13 March 2020 (PDF, 228.4 KB)

Adolygu amserlen y rhaglen ar gyfer clirior band 700 MHz  (PDF, 158.8 KB)

Update: 5 February 2020

February sees the beginning of the final phase of the 700 MHz clearance programme. This update provides information about upcoming 700 MHz clearance events.

700 MHz clearance programme update 5 February 2020 (PDF, 275.1 KB)