Ofcom publishes further documents on 700 MHz Funding scheme



During the last week, Ofcom have published version 1 of the Rate Card for the 700MHz funding scheme.  This can be found here.  This is a rolling, “living”, document which we are told will be updated several times as Ofcom receives information from the PMSE industry.  Please take the time to go through what has been included and what has not and respond to Ofcom asap with any amendments. 

They have also published their response to the ancillary costs consultation.  BEIRG are delighted that Ofcom have listened to us and the others who responded.  They have increased the additional costs that they will pay from the proposed 5% of the value of surrendered equipment, to 10% of the value of surrendered equipment.  This is an excellent result and should help business with the transition.

Finally, Ofcom expects registration for the funding scheme to begin in February 2019.  We will publicise information as soon as we know firm dates but please keep an eye on trade press, our website and LinkedIn page for further details.  It is incumbent upon individuals and companies to register their equipment in the timeframe (expected to be 2-3 months from the date the scheme goes live). Therefore, it would be prudent for companies and individuals to prepare their affected equipment inventories sooner, rather than later.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and successful 2019.

BEIRG Steering Committee