Ofcom releases more auction details

By Jonathan Nally
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a further statement regarding the regulations for the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands.

The statement sets out Ofcom’s decision to make further statutory instruments related to the spectrum award, following publication on Wednesday, 24 January of the regulations that will apply for the award process.

The two statutory instruments are: the Limitation Order, which limits the number of licences to be awarded for the two spectrum bands; and the Register Amendment Regulations, which allow Ofcom to publish certain information regarding the licences awarded under the auction regulations.

The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum is likely to be used by mobile network operators to deliver additional capacity for mobile broadband. The 3.4 GHz spectrum may be used for 5G services.

The two statutory instruments will come into force on 1 February 2018.

Following publication of the award process regulations on 24 January, Ofcom was contacted by interested parties with requests for clarifications. Those clarifications are outlined in a stakeholder Q&A available on the Ofcom website.

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