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Mobile Phones: Licensing

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 166513, tabled on 20 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for issuing new licences to mobile networks.

Answered on

25 July 2018

Securing optimal use of spectrum is one of Ofcom’s duties. Ofcom plans to award new licences for airwaves in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands of the radio spectrum by auction in the second half of 2019. These airwaves are suitable for the provision of mobile services. Ofcom has consulted on proposals to attach coverage obligations to some of the licences to be awarded and will consult on its proposals for the award later this year.