Prospective awards

16 January 2018

Following the recent award of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, Ofcom plans to award spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands in the second half of 2019. We intend to consult later this year on our proposals for awarding this spectrum. We have also recently consulted on proposals for coverage obligations in the award of the 700 MHz spectrum band.

If you wish to submit comments prior to the forthcoming consultation please contact karen.bryant@ofcom.org.uk.

700 MHz and 3.6 GHz bands

The 700 MHz (694 to 790 MHz) band is currently used to deliver DTT services in the UK. For more information on our work to clear the 700 MHz band, see the spectrum management page.

We have set out our decision to make the 3.6 to 3.8 GHz band available for mobile use, and award 116 MHz in the band for future mobile services. This spectrum is currently used for fixed links and satellite earth stations. For more information, see our February 2018 Update on timing of spectrum availability (PDF, 367.6 KB).

Further details of the spectrum which we are making available to meet the increasing demand for 5G and other wireless services is set out in the March 2018 discussion document Enabling 5G in the UK.