Ofcom: Policy for the DECT guard band
Ofcom is today consulting on the policy for the authorisation of use of the spectrum in the 1781.7 – 1785 MHz block paired with 1876.7 – 1880 MHz block.
These frequencies are part of a band used within the EU to provide mobile services. In the UK, this spectrum forms part of a ‘guard band’ between spectrum used by mobile networks and that used by cordless home phones.
Following an award process held in 2006, there are twelve licensees authorised to use this spectrum on a low-power, shared access basis. These licences have an indefinite duration but have come to the end of their initial 10-year term.
Today’s document considers possible changes to these arrangements, one of which could be to release the band for mobile services under a single licence. We are also assessing the possibility of opening the band to a wider range of potential users, under a continuation of a low power shared access regime.
Ofcom is also considering the basis on which spectrum fees might be introduced for licensees in a low-power, shared access regime. This could be done under the existing arrangements, or if the band were to be opened up to a wider range of potential users. Read more here.