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Railways: Radio Frequencies

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 225983, tabled on 3 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the L-Band spectrum between 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz for improved on-train connectivity.

Answered on

6 March 2015

There have been two assessments already. At a European level the Radio Spectrum Policy Group has published a report on wireless broadband in part of this range (https://circabc.europa.eu/d/a/workspace/SpacesStore/6e0575cf-5244-4707-a811-c45b61b29377/RSPG13-522-Final_RSPG_Report_on_WBB.pdf, section 6.2). In the UK, Ofcom recently concluded a consultation on the use of the upper end of this range of frequencies for supplemental downlink, i.e. boosting data rates for mobile telephony. This can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/licence-variation-1.4ghz/summary/1.4ghz-consultation.pdf

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