Ofcom's consultation focused on its proposed approach to incumbents and its assessment of costs and benefits at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz.
This response was developed through techUK's Communications Infrastructure Council, and the FULL techUK response is available to download below (techUK member-only access).
In responding to the October 2016 consultation, where Ofcom proposed choosing between 2 extreme options, techUK argued for a middle ground where mobile operators would be required to coordinate their deployments (which we expected to be overwhelmingly micro cells) in 3.6-3.8 GHz with incumbents, which we would expect to provide limited constraint on 5G deployment for several years from bringing the spectrum into use for mobile. Where mobile operators believe their planned deployment may be constrained by incumbent use, they would be free to contribute towards the cost of the incumbents’ mitigation where necessary to optimise their deployment, with Ofcom providing backstop regulation to ensure that incumbents don’t abuse their position in respect of the mitigation demanded of new mobile operators.
More information is available on techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme.