Ofcom seeks to evolve Shared Access framework

Ofcom has opened a consultation on proposals to enhance its Shared Access framework, with the aim of supporting a variety of spectrum users.

For context, the Shared Access framework provides a mechanism to access frequencies with established or developing mobile equipment ecosystems, on a localised basis. 

Over the last four years, Ofcom has issued 1,500 licences for the framework and is now planning to enhance to supply of spectrum available by relaxing certain coordination assumptions to better match real world conditions, and by allowing additional user input in coordination decisions.

It is also proposing to increase the permissible power level of its Low Power product and loosen restrictions on terminal record keeping for such Low Power indoor deployments.

Finally Ofcom will explore adjustments to its pricing approach.

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