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10 February 2017
| James Pearce
British regulator Ofcom has begun preparations to release spectrum in preparation for future mobile services, including 5G.
In a report, entitled "Update on 5G spectrum in the UK",
Ofcom said it is preparing to make sufficient spectrum
available to enable 5G services.
The regulator has worked closely with other European
authorities to identify 700MHz, 3.4-3.8GHz, and 24.25-27.5GHz
as bands that will enable 5G. However, in its latest report,
Ofcom said it remains committed to explore additional bands on
top of those identified.
It its report, Ofcom said it expects to award licenses for
the 700MHz band in 2018/19, while it expects to release results
of a consultation into the 3.4-3.8GHz band later this year.
Other bands identified for potential use in the UK that
Ofcom listed were: 24.25-27.5 GHz, 31.8-33.4 GHz, 37-40.5 GHz,
40.5-42.5 GHz, 42.5-43.5 GHz, 45.5-47 GHz, 47-47.2 GHz,
47.2-50.2 GHz, 50.4-52.6 GHz, 66-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz. Ofcom
pledged to publish a roadmap by the middle of this year for
Ofcom said: "For an increasing number of UK consumers and
businesses, mobile connectivity is now an everyday necessity.
Our desire to get online wherever we are – and at ever
faster speeds – has also helped fuel an explosion in