The change in the telecom regulation on annual spectrum fee follows Ofcom’s consultation with the stakeholders and response from both EE and Vodafone.
“Earlier this year the Office for National Statistics changed the reference year (in which CPI = 100) used to calculate the all items consumer price index from 2005 to 2015. This statement reflects that change,” said Ofcom.
The amendments will ensure the method for calculating the fees payable for the 900 MHz frequency band and the 1800 MHz frequency band remains the same as intended by Ofcom’s decision of 24 September 2015.
Specifically, the amending regulations will ensure the licence fees payable for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum from 31 October 2016 onwards continue to vary in line with inflation, said Ofcom.