On 19 November 2014 Ofcom published a statement setting out our decision to make spectrum in the 700 MHz band available for mobile data use. This is part of the spectrum band currently used to broadcast digital television, including local TV.
To enable the change of use, we will need to re-plan the frequencies used by digital television. Until this exercise is complete, the future coverage of local services cannot be accurately predicted with confidence.
Our invitations to apply for local television licences have always included information on coverage, to help applicants make their business plans. These business plans are an important element of our consideration of applications, following the statutory criteria for licence awards.
Once Ofcom has sufficient clarity over spectrum availability we will consider whether and when to advertise the remaining three areas that we have not yet advertised: Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Stratford upon Avon. We have no current plans to advertise any other areas.
We have now licensed a total of 34 local television stations.
The above should be read in addition to this foundation document from OFCOM
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/700MHz/statement/700-mhz-statement.pdf Local television multiplex - Comux holds the licence to broadcast the local TV multiplex which has launched recently and has set out plans to broadcast from 40-60 transmitter sites and achieve coverage of up to 50% of households. The award of this licence specifically referred to the possibility of change of use of the 700 MHz band. Since Comux won its licence, Ofcom has been awarding licences for local TV services in various locations to be carried on this multiplex and this process is continuing.
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