Joint Submission to Ofcom 2.4 GHz Consultation

AMSAT-UK_Bevelled_LogoAMSAT-UK, the UK Microwave Group (UKuG), the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) have responded to the Ofcom 2400 MHz consultation.

The 2400-24500 MHz band is allocated to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services. Ofcom’s consultation ‘Licence Exempt spectrum use in the 2400 MHz band’ calls for input to understanding spectrum use by licence exempt (LE) devices in the 2400 MHz band.

This band is close to radio spectrum in the 2300 MHz band which the Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to release for new civil uses. These plans are part of a Government commitment to release 500 MHz of spectrum for new civil uses by 2020. This aims to address the increasing demand for spectrum fueled by devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The joint response highlights that careful consideration is required to avoid a significant loss of capacity for both amateurs and the general public.

As well as the Amateur Services the band supports a host of valuable consumer applications such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee.

Read the joint response at http://rsgb.org/main/files/2013/06/RSGB_2400LE-reply.pdf

Ofcom consultation page http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/2400-mhz/