Candidate for Windsor
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Private companies’ usage of spectrum

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the (a) 30-300MHz, (b)300-3000MHz and (c) 3-30GHz bands of the radio spectrum is in the operation of the private sector.

Edward Vaizey (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Wantage, Conservative): Officials have consulted Ofcom who hold such information. Ofcom advise that they do not hold such information for bands below 87.5MHz (as frequencies above this are considered to be the most important and usable), but have provided information for bands from 87.5MHz to 30GHz.

The table provides an overview of the proportion of total weighted spectrum accessed for market uses by band.

Lower frequency Upper frequency Spectrum authorised for market uses as a % of total weighted spectrum
87.5 MHz 328.6 MHz 47
328.6 MHz 3.1 GHz 73
3.1 GHz 30 GHz 80

The Public Sector Spectrum Release Programme aims to release 500MHz of sub-5GHz spectrum from public sector use by 2020. The most recent Programme update can be found on the gov.uk website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spectrum-strategy