View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Networks
September 15, 2014

Ofcom proposes changes to spectrum licensing

Amateurs get access to 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Ofcom is seeking industry support about proposed changes to update spectrum and amateur radio licensing.

The UK regulator said the proposals include changes which would provide amateurs with access to some frequency bands in the 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands respectively.

However, users of the spectrum are restricted if the Ministry of Defence says they’re causing interference.

"If the licensee is notified that the radio equipment is causing interference to the services…the licensee must close down the radio equipment and not use it until it can be used without causing such interference," Ofcom said in a report.

The consultation follows a decision by Ofcom in April to remove access for amateur radio operators to certain frequencies in the 2300 MHz and 3400MHz ranges in order to support the release of these bands by the MoD.

Ofcom is also proposing to change the license condition, which currently states that amateurs can only communicate with other amateurs, as well as permitting encryption for amateurs involved in RAYNET (Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network) operations.

"The PSSR Statement gave 12 months’ notice that licences will be varied to remove these bands and set out our decision formally to vary individual licences so that the changes would become effective from April 2015," the report added.

Content from our partners
Sherif Tawfik: The Middle East and Africa are ready to lead on the climate
What to look for in a modern ERP system
How tech leaders can keep energy costs down and meet efficiency goals

The consultation closes on 20 October 2014.
.

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU