Railways: Radio Frequencies

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the suitability of the L-Band spectrum between 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz for improved on-train connectivity.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

There have been two assessments already. At a European level the Radio Spectrum Policy Group has published a report on wireless broadband in part of this range (https://circabc.europa.eu/d/a/workspace/SpacesStore/6e0575cf-5244-4707-a811-c45b61b29377/RSPG13-522-Final_RSPG_Report_on_WBB.pdf, section 6.2). In the UK, Ofcom recently concluded a consultation on the use of the upper end of this range of frequencies for supplemental downlink, i.e. boosting data rates for mobile telephony. This can be found at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/licence-variation-1.4ghz/summary/1.4ghz-consultation.pdf

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