JRC Response to Ofcom Strategic Review of UHF spectrum 420-470 MHz.

In December 2014 Ofcom launched a strategic review of spectrum in the band 420-470 MHz. This band is of great importance to JRC members as they operate a large range of services in these bands, and have many emerging needs which cannot yet be fulfilled as there is no further spectrum available. JRC's response is that interference into the band from mainland Europe is not sufficently serious to justify wholesale realignment of the band. JRC members require access to more spectrum immediately to make their utility networks more intelligent. This may be possible if goverment users allow their spare capacity to be shared with commercial users.