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Ofcom publishes five-year plan for fixed wireless services

Following a review of the spectrum used by fixed wireless links, Ofcom has confirmed its key decisions and five-year plan for this spectrum – helping to support innovation and the development of potential new uses in the future.

Fixed wireless links use spectrum to connect two or more fixed locations, and support a number of different services. This includes providing ‘backhaul’ for mobile networks, distributing TV signals from studios to transmitters and providing fixed wireless broadband services.

The five-year plan published follows Ofcom’s consultation in 2017, and sets out our approach for the different spectrum bands used by fixed wireless links. As part of this, we are taking immediate steps to enable use of the 57-66 GHz band for a range of use cases without the need for a licence.

We are also making licence exempt spectrum available in the 66 – 71 GHz band, which could be used for future 5G services. We have launched a separate consultation to implement the decisions for the full 57 – 71 GHz band.

The measures included in this plan will help ensure services can continue to have appropriate access to spectrum, and that suitable technical requirements are in place.

Published by: Ofcom

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