In the UK, Ofcom manages the airwaves – or spectrum – that support wireless services, including mobile phones, used by people and businesses every day. Reliable mobile services have become essential to how people live and work across the UK, and mobile phone networks must keep pace with the growing needs for capacity and for coverage. This is a priority for Ofcom who want to see coverage of good quality mobile broadband from a choice of providers, wherever people live, work and travel.
Ofcom has set out proposals for an award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands to enable the industry to provide services with greater capacity and wider coverage, and to pave the way for companies to take advantage of new wireless technologies, including 5G – the next generation of mobile technology. Importantly, Ofcom is proposing to provide strong incentives for the companies which participate in the award to invest in providing better quality services in rural areas, furthering their ambition to achieve comprehensive mobile coverage for people right across the UK.
Find out more about the consultation, the organisations that have contributed to the proposal and the role of Ofcom.