Contract Opportunity for SPF Study on UHF Band (694–960 MHz)

Invitation to tender for a Spectrum Policy Forum study on UHF Band (694 – 960 MHz)

The provisional agenda for ITU WRC-23 includes a review of mobile and broadcasting requirements in the 470—960 MHz band. Irrespective of the ITU work it will be important at a national and European level to develop long-term spectrum policy in relation to this frequency range.

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) could have a valuable role in supporting Ofcom/Government in establishing the UK position and proposals under this WRC-23 agenda item and related national/European work. The recent Digital UK sponsored study (Aetha, Nov 2017), that looked at potential long-term options to reconfigure mobile in the 694-960MHz range was an interesting early input to this debate.

The SPF is therefore looking to commission some further work to look in more detail and respond to some of the suggestions within that study - including the practical feasibility of migrating to a large FDD band, three TDD bands, or an all TDD plan, to examine and evaluate some of the intermediate steps in more detail, as well as to investigate the issues on a much wider basis.

Please find below details of an invitation to tender for a study on UHF Band (694 – 960 MHz). The scope of the study is given in the first attachment, and also attached are the guidelines that we use on competitive study contract awards.

The deadline for receiving bids is 21 March 2018. Selection will be undertaken via a panel of volunteers from the SPF Steering Board (unconnected with bidding candidates). We expect to announce by 29 March the selected contractor to conduct the study - anticipated to commence in April to be completed by 28 June 2018.

Final bids and any requests for clarification should be sent to

Launched at the request of Government, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (@UK_SPF) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 240 member organisations. A Steering Board performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.

SPF study UHF band review 694 Y 960 MHz - ITT FINAL (pdf)170522 UK SPF Small-project procurment procedures 1 (pdf)

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