Awards in progress

21 November 2016

2.3 and 3.4 GHz auction

The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum is needed to provide additional capacity to meet growing consumer demand for mobile broadband. It is important that the frequencies are made available as quickly as possible for the benefit of consumers and industry.

We have published our decisions on competition issues for the forthcoming Auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands.

The document also sets out our decisions on outstanding aspects of our proposed Regulations for the Auction.

We intend to publish a statement making the Auction Regulations in August with a view to commencing the Auction in September.


Notice of proposal to make regulations in connection with the award of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum Consultation published 07|07|2017
This document sets out proposed Regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands.

Compatibility of 2.3 GHz 4G mobile with Assistive Listening Devices Research published 11|05|2017
This document sets out a detailed technical study into the coexistence of 4G mobile phones and hearing aids and associated accessories.

2.3 and 3.4 GHz award - stakeholder Q&A We will publish our response to any relevant questions we receive on the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award for stakeholders on this Q&A page.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make a limitation order in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands Consultation published 28|10|2015

The award of 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands - Information Memorandum PDF, 1.6 MB Information Memorandum published 26|10|2015 (updated 07|07|2017)

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make regulations in connection with the award of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum Consultation published 26|10|2015.
This document sets out proposed Regulations for the award by auction of radio spectrum licences in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands. The proposed Regulations give effect to the policy decisions set out in the statements published in May and October 2015.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) - Competition and auction design issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum award, including reserve prices Statement published 26|10|2015.
This document set out Ofcom’s decisions on outstanding issues connected with the award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands. In particular, it set out our decision to proceed with an auction of all the newly available spectrum without imposing spectrum caps, and our decision on the reserve prices that will apply to spectrum awarded in the auction.

Public Sector Spectrum Release: Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands: statement and further consultation Statement and consultation published 26|05|2015
In May we published a document setting out our final decisions on technical coexistence issues and on a number of aspects of auction design and process. The document was also a further consultation on alternative competition measures in light of mergers in the mobile market.

Award of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum bands: Update on the coexistence of 2.3 GHz LTE with Wi-Fi in the 2400 to 2483.5 MHz range and other coexistence issues PDF, 1.9 MB Update published 03|12|2014
This document set out further analysis of potential coexistence issues between new mobile broadband services in the 2.3 GHz band and Wi-Fi and other services in the neighbouring 2.4 GHz band.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Award of the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands Consultation published 07|11|2014
This consultation covered a range of issues, including more detailed proposals on auction design and process, and on the technical and non-technical licence conditions we intend to apply. It also included our assessment of competition issues pertaining to a UK mobile network market with four national wholesalers.

Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR): Technical coexistence issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award Consultation published 19|02|2014
This consultation set out our proposals for addressing the coexistence of LTE with users of adjacent spectrum bands, and included our assessment of the potential for interference between 2.3 GHz LTE and users of the licence exempt 2.4 GHz band including Wi-Fi. We also considered other coexistence issues for the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz award, including issues for medical devices, satellites and radar.

2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum award: Consultation on a 3.4 GHz band plan, varying UK Broadband Limited’s licence and a call for inputs on other aspects of the award Consultation published 16|10|2013
We published a consultation on a band plan for the 3.4 GHz spectrum and a ‘Call for Inputs’ to stakeholders on a range of issues including aspects of auction design; spectrum packaging; competition issues; coverage obligations; and ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ clauses