Technology neutral licences for phone companies – Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Ofcom and the RSGB developed the successful technology neutral amateur radio licence in 2006. Now Ofcom is proposing making mobile phone company licences technology neutral

Ofcom is consulting on proposed changes to certain spectrum licences held by Vodafone and Telefónica, which would allow them to deploy new technologies, including 5G.

Our licences specify technical parameters to which licensees must adhere, including the frequencies they may use and the maximum power they may transmit.

In response to requests from Vodafone and Telefónica, we are proposing changes to the technical conditions for the following mobile licences:

• Vodafone’s licences in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands to make them technology neutral, to enable the deployment of the next generation of mobile technologies; and
• Vodafone’s and Telefónica’s 2.6 GHz licences in the 2570 to 2620 MHz sub-band to relax the technical parameters between the two operators.

While the changes would vary these licences, we propose to make available similar changes to the licences of other licensees operating in these spectrum bands, if they so request.

The consultation closes on 1 July 2022, and we plan to publish our decision by September 2022.

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