Ofcom Makes Changes to UHF Spectrum
Thursday, May 25, 2017 | Comments

The U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom released changes it is making to the way spectrum in the 410 – 450 MHz (UHF band 1) and 450 – 470 MHz (UHF band 2) is managed. The spectrum serves immediate communications for businesses, emergency services, and program making and special events.

The policy decisions including changing the Business Radio technical frequency assignment criteria; adding additional channels to Business Radio Simple UK and Business Radio Simple Site licenses; and reconfiguring the channel plan to more common duplex spacings. The aim of these changes is to create a framework for managing this spectrum for the next 10 years.

The technical frequency assignment criteria changes include increasing the sharing factor from two to four (with an initial increase to a sharing factor of three) for technically assigned licenses and increasing the planning thresholds with respect to the noise floor for the bands 55.75 to 68 MHz (VHF band 1) and 68 to 87.5 MHz (VHF low band).

Ofcom said it will maintain the existing band configuration for UHF 2 and not seek to align it with the configuration used in continental Europe.

The full strategic review document is here.

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