Ofcom set outs priorities for 2015/16

27 Mar 2015

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published its Annual Plan for the 2015/16 period, setting out its priorities for the year, while also detailing other work it intends to conduct. Having identified eleven priorities for the period, the watchdog said these were ‘specific activities which [it identifies] as being of particular importance to the organisation, or which have a clear milestone to reach in this financial year’.

With its plans organised under five broad categories, among the regulator’s priorities for the year ended 31 March 2015 are: the undertaking of a strategic review of digital communications, which as CommsUpdate reported was actually launched earlier this month; and working towards what it termed the ‘timely release and effective award of spectrum’, including the 2.3GHz, 3.4GHz and 700MHz bands. Meanwhile, ‘significant work areas’ for 2015/16 include: ensuringe fair and effective competition in broadcasting services, including our review of the ‘wholesale must offer’ obligation; commencing the fixed access and narrowband market reviews; applying annual licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum; exploring and implementing opportunities for spectrum sharing; and planning for future spectrum requirements, including for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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