JRC's response to Ofcom's Fixed Wireless Spectrum Strategy

Almost all products and services offered to citizens and consumers rely on the reliable supply of electricity and / or gas. In turn, these critical infrastructure utilities rely on the reliable supply of suitable 400 MHz, 1.4 GHz, and other fixed links spectrum to control their grid systems. The move to Smart Grids will require additional suitable spectrum access. In the UK, 12.5 / 25 kHz narrow band channels will continue to be required in the 400 MHz band. Higher data rate systems may require private broadband radio (PBR) channels, e.g. 1.25 MHz bandwidth. Higher frequency fixed wireless spectrum will continue to be required for backhaul links, etc. Critical infrastructure utilities prefer to avoid spectrum above 14 GHz because it is affected by rain, especially during storms when the electricity networks may be under extreme stress.