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Monday 17 December, 2018


Ofcom: Annual licence fees for mobile operators

RNS Number : 5957K
Office of Communications
17 December 2018

17 December 2018


Annual licence fees for mobile operators


Ofcom has today set the annual licence fees that mobile operators will pay for 900 and 1800 MHZ spectrum, from 31 January 2019.


The operators use these spectrum bands to provide mobile voice and data services, using a mix of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.


In June, Ofcom published a consultation on the proposed licence fees that should apply for these spectrum bands. Following consideration of the responses, we have concluded that the appropriate ALFs for these bands (expressed in April 2018 prices) are:


·     £1.093m per MHz of 900 MHz spectrum; and

·     £0.805m per MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum


We are also consulting on the level of annual licence fees that should apply for the 40 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band, and 80 MHz in the 3.6 GHz band, that are licensed to UK Broadband, which is owned by Hutchison 3G UK Limited.


We have proposed that the fees for both 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum would be £0.358m per MHz. While we propose to apply the fees for 3.4 GHz spectrum as soon as possible, we plan to phase-in the increase in fees for 3.6 GHz spectrum over the period to mid-2020. The consultation runs until 11 February 2019.


Please see the Ofcom website for further details on today's statement and consultation:





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